Public Health Update: Travel Guidance Concerning the Coronavirus
Update on February 4, 2020:
Since the information we shared earlier (January 31) regarding the coronavirus, Public Health of Seattle and King County has notified school districts of updated information related to travel from China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days.
There is no recommendation for persons without symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China arriving BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. can continue to attend school and should take the following steps:
Watch for any changes in your health for 14 days after leaving China.
If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.
While Public Health still considers the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the U.S. to be low, please be sure to follow the recommended precautions that help prevent the spread of cold, flu and coronavirus germs:
Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick.
Stay home if you’re sick.
Cover coughs and sneezing with tissue, then throw tissue in garbage, and immediately wash hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As new information emerges, sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. Please refer to these reliable resources and health authorities for more information:
WA State Dept. of Health coronavirus call center: 1-800-525-0127 and press #