Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 3, 2020
The Colts recognize there are concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it may mean for the Colts and the activity as a whole. The Colts staff is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy space for its members, family and staff. As of March 9, 2020, new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in iowa, with most states now reporting cases. The governor is not recommending special precautions or limiting gatherings in Iowa at this time. We cannot predict how COVID-19 will spread in the U.S., but the Colts and DCI are developing protocols and preparing for this virus, including determining additional measures that may be needed to keep our members, staff and communities healthy.
Though the number of U.S. cases is still low, the health and safety of everyone involved in the Colts is of utmost importance. Since healthcare understanding about this new disease and how to prevent it and treat it changes rapidly, the uncertainty can be upsetting. We want you to be as informed, ready and safe as possible, knowing that rumors and misinformation can contribute to the worry of some. Don’t allow fear of what we don’t know to overwhelm what we do know. We know that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that can spread from person to person. For now, each of us can practice basic everyday disease prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes.
For reliable information, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has up-to-date and factual information and advice, with updates added daily. Likewise, the World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted source for information, especially the worldwide picture. WHO has a page devoted to dispelling unfounded rumors.
Gail R. Hansen, DVM, MPH
Former state epidemiologist for Kansas
*This article was updated on March 9, 2020 to note the presence of diagnosed cases in Iowa.
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