Coronavirus and the Flu: Facts and Prevention Tactics

A local district in Austin, TX recently announced it has started to screen it’s students and staff for symptoms of the coronavirus. Though there have only been a total of 11 confirmed cases in the United States (none in Texas), more than 20,000 confirmed cases worldwide and over 400 related deaths, there has been a widespread panic across the globe. Not that these numbers aren’t alarming, but it’s important to take a look at how these numbers compare to the flu that we see every year. 

For example, below are the CDC’s preliminary estimates of the 2019-2020 flu season:

*Because influenza surveillance does not capture all cases of flu that occur in the U.S., CDC provides these estimated ranges to better reflect the larger burden of influenza. These estimates are calculated based on CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance data and are preliminary.

When it comes to illnesses like the coronavirus or influenza, it’s important to focus on three key factors:

  • Stay educated, and don’t let media hype distract you from the real threat and the threats already at home
  • Know what symptoms look like and when to send students and staff home
  • Exercise good hygiene practices and educate those around you on how to prevent the spread of illnesses and other diseases. 

Prevention Methods

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into a bent arm
  • Wash your hands
    • Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Dry with a paper towel
    • Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet
    • Keep hand-sanitizer within reach
    • Post signage around your schools as a friendly reminder
  • Review current sick leave policies for students and staff
    • Avoid giving out Perfect Attendance awards as this can encourage students and staff to show up even when they aren’t well
    • Cross train staff to take cover for co-workers who need to stay home
  • Avoid touching your fact
  • Frequently clean and disinfect your surrounding areas
  • Follow your school’s vaccination policies

For more information about this year’s flu activity, click here.

For more information about the coronavirus, click here.

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Alex Szoeke (zo-key) is a marketing specialist at PrimeroEdge. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communications from the University of Houston and a certificate in full stack web development from the UT Austin Coding Boot Camp.