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HSO Advice on COVID-19

Update - 03/13/2020 - Please click here for an executive summary of Virginia Wing's guidance, along with other resources and updates.

Wing Health Services Officer Guidance on COVID-19 and your health...

With the recent concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus across our country and the world, appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of this and other community acquired diseases should be taken.

CAP event recommendations:

If you are sick and have a fever, shortness of breath and/or a cough, please avoid CAP activities. We want you to get well and not infect others. This is more important than coming to an event. Please stay home until you are symptom free and fever free for a full 24 hours. This means if you are sick at night and go to bed but wake up feeling better, you should not go anywhere until the next morning, a full 24 hours after you started to feel well. 
If you develop symptoms during a CAP event, we will separate you from other members and ask you to go home, call your doctor, and stay home until fever and symptom free for 24 hours. If you are a cadet, parents will be called and the same will happen.

Please see below for a brief overview of current recommendations for prevention and go to CDC.gov for more information and resources.

Please see the bottom of this page the most up-to-date information sent out to CAP commanders and HSOs in regards to the COVID-19 virus (or click here). 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are within approximately 6 feet of a person you can spread a respiratory infection.  Also if you touch a surface that has been touched by an infected person and then touch your face before washing your hands you could get sick.  The spread is preventable if we follow instructions and work together to promote the following measures recommended by the CDC.

-The NUMBER ONE way to prevent the spread of disease is by performing hand hygiene regularly and often.  
-Covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with a tissue and then discarding the tissue in the trash and washing your hands immediately.  
-STAY HOME if you are sick and able to care for yourself.
-Clean and disinfect touched surfaces and objects with a household cleaner or disposable cleaning wipe regularly
-Avoid touching your face especially the eyes, nose, and mouth
-Do NOT wear a mask if you are well
-DO wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms and have to go out.—Wash you hands immediately prior to putting the mask on to avoid touching your face with dirty hands. The masks are an aid and not full proof prevention. The above precautions must be followed as well.
-Utilize the sanitizing wipes to wipe carts down at grocery stores. Most stores have them at the entrance now.

The steps for hand washing are as follows:

You should wash your hands:
  • Before, during, and afterpreparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly soiled then you can use a 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer. When using a hand sanitizer you should use enough to wet all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together on all sides and between fingers until they feel dry.

Here is a short video regarding the spread of disease. Yes it is in a healthcare facility but the same principle applies.


Thank you for taking the time to read and follow these simple instructions.
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Greg Fletcher,
Mar 13, 2020, 3:11 PM
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Greg Fletcher,
Mar 13, 2020, 3:11 PM
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