COVID-19 has been at the forefront of international news for weeks. On Feb. 28, District 91 Superintendent Lou Cavallo sent a memo to the school community with information on how the district is addressing the issue.
COVID-19 is the abbreviated name of the new coronavirus that is spreading across the globe. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website on Feb. 28, “The virus has been named ‘SARS-CoV-2’ and the disease it causes has been named ‘coronavirus disease 2019’ (abbreviated ‘COVID-19’).”
In Cavallo’s memo, he addressed concerns families and staff might have regarding the potential spread of the virus.
“As you know, worldwide concern about the Coronavirus continues to grow,” reads the memo. “Please be assured that District 91 will continue to be in regular contact with local, state and federal health departments and will follow all appropriate guidance and direction.”
The memo goes on to say that the district has not received any communication indicating the they are at risk or need to take action. It also stresses that any communication or information from the above-mentioned health departments will immediately be shared with families and the community.
“Also,” reads the memo, “please note that we are not aware of any confirmed Coronavirus cases in our area or school district.”
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Prevention for COVID-19 is the same as for the flu.
The CDC recommends steps people can take to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading any disease, including COVID-19. These steps include:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoiding close contact with sick people
- Staying home when you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and immediately throwing the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Getting a flu shot
For more information about COVID-19
- The IDPH coronavirus hotline: 1-800-889-3931
- IDHP coronavirus facts: dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
- CDC COVID-19 information: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html