Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources

Please get your information from trusted sources. Links for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions and Virginia National Guard Frequently Asked Questions are copied below:

Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Information Page:
https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions:
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/

Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:
https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2020/03/25/14836/

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Background

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

  • On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC).
  • On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
  • On March 11, 2020 WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

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The Virginia Department of Health suggests the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (the WHO says to stay 3 feet away from someone who is sick).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you can’t do that, use hand sanitizer.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Make sure you cover your mouth and nose — not with your hands — when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid nonessential travel.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.