Many school districts in Houston have decided to close.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused our daily lives to adjust to prevent the spread of the virus. One of the major actions of school officials was the closure of schools. The largest school district in Texas (Houston ISD) decided to close the district for an additional week at least and has a tentative date to restart classes on March 31st. Cypress Fairbanks ISD (CFISD) also decided to close for at least one week in addition to spring break. Students will not be returning to school in the next following days in order to clean and disinfect classrooms and other areas. Most school districts have personnel cleaning and disinfecting schools in order to have a safe environment when students return.
Houston Rodeo canceled due to the coronavirus.
- Houston Rodeo officials decided to cancel the rodeo to prevent the spread of the disease in large gathering areas
- Concerts and all events were canceled
Preventing the coronavirus (COVID-19) in your office.
- Community facilities (schools, daycares, offices) are most non-healthcare settings that are visited by the general public outside of homes.
- Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
- There’s currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or coronavirus.
- It is best to prevent exposure to the virus.
- It is thought the virus spreads mainly from person to person.
- If a person coughs, the person produces droplets that can land in a person’s mouth or can be inhaled through the nose into the lungs.
Clean your hands frequently
- Wash your hands often with soap and for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap is not available use hand sanitizer ( with at least 70% alcohol).
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with uncleaned hands.
- Avoid contact with people who have or are suspected of having the coronavirus.
- Do not come into close distance with sick people, especially if you are older or have medical conditions.
Protecting others from the coronavirus
- Stay home if you are sick, except if you go to get medical help.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze.
- Throw away tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands using soap after sneezing.
- Clean your hands using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap is not available.
- The CDC recommends wearing a facemask if you are sick.
- You do not need to wear a facemask if you are not sick, unless if you are caring for a sick person.
Cleaning and disinfecting
- Clean and disinfect frequently in all areas. Areas like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- When surfaces are dirty, clean them. Cleaning will require detergent or soap and water before disinfection.