U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, 4th District, invites constituents to participate in a Telephone Town Hall on Friday, March 13, to learn more about the coronavirus pandemic and how they can protect themselves and their family. Following is his message:

As coronavirus spreads through the country and in Connecticut, I want to do everything possible to keep you informed of developments, guidance from health officials, and Congressional actions.  

First and foremost, keep yourself informed. For the latest information, go to the Connecticut Government website here or the CDC’s website here.

Connecticut residents can also call 2-1-1 for general inquiries about the virus.

I hope you can also join me for a telephone town hall tomorrow.

What: Telephone Town Hall with Congressman Jim Himes to Discuss the Coronavirus

When: Friday, March 13, 10 a.m.

Phone Number: 855-962-0953

I want to take a moment to once again share the guidance on how to identify a coronavirus infection and how you can protect yourself:

What is it?

The coronavirus is a virus that can cause a respiratory disease called COVID-19 in people who are exposed to it.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the symptoms can include:

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What do you do if you develop these symptoms? 

The CDC recommends that you call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

How does it spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How can you prevent infection?

According to the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Only use a facemask if you are showing symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of yourself and take care of each other. We’re all in this together.

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