*Updated on April 7, 2020*
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Getting sick is difficult enough without having to also navigate the ongoing information in the news and on social media that can add fear and confusion to an already stressful situation. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a welcoming and inclusive space for all residents. We understand the concern and anxiety around the Coronavirus. Here is what we know so far:
The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a brand-new virus that scientists and doctors are still learning how to treat. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) states that the Coronavirus does not survive well on surfaces, but is spread most often by small droplets of mucus from the nose and throat.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is why diligent hand washing and sanitizing are very important (especially after visiting the bathroom and before eating). The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Note: The CDC recommends that you cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
For additional health and safety information, visit:
- Allegheny County Health Department – Includes ways to stay up-to-date on local information through press releases or signing up for Allegheny Alerts
- Pennsylvania Department of Health – Includes real-time confirmed Coronavirus cases in PA
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Learn more from the White House Coronavirus Task Force
- World Health Organization – Includes a comprehensive list of Q&A information on COVID-19