MEISD notice on Coronavirus

Dear Parents, Community Members and Stakeholders of MEISD,

The administration and I are closely following the latest developments of the Coronavirus as it pertains to our country, state, county, town and school district.  I receive periodic information from our county health official as he receives it from the Center of Disease Control and other publications.  The main issue with this virus compared to ‘normal’ flu strains is its potency.  Whereas a normal flu strain would be fatal in .005% of cases, the coronavirus has a death rate of 1.4% of cases reported.  The good news for us is that there are no cases in East Texas as of March 2, 2020.  There is only 1 confirmed case in Texas at San Antonio and he is quarantined.  We will keep you updated if there are any new Texas and East Texas developments.

So, how do we keep it away from us?  Below is a link about the coronavirus compared to other flu strains and below that link is information from the CDC.  Please pay close attention to the information highlighted by the asterisks at the bottom of the page.

Sincerely,

Byron Jordan
Superintendent
Mt. Enterprise ISD



https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu

How does COVID-19 spread?
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, it is now clear that person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

How can I prevent COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. DSHS always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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.

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Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19?

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and you have traveled to China, been exposed to a sick traveler from China, or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.

Where can I learn more?

To learn key facts and help stop the spread of rumors, see the Share Facts, Not Fear page on the CDC's COVID-19 website.
For more in-depth information on COVID-19, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
DSHS COVID-19 webpage: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

DSHS COVID-19 Call Center:
1-877-570-9779
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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