An online virtual information session will be held by the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Health Department, Inova Health System, and the Alexandria City Public Schools on Thursday, March 12, from 8 to 9 p.m., to provide information and answer questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The session will be accessible at alexandriava.gov/Health.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet
, "Panelists will include Dr. Stephen A. Haering, director of the Alexandria Health Department; Dr. Rina Bansal, president of Inova Alexandria Hospital; Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr., superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools; and Mark B. Jinks, city manager. The panelists will take questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus; how individuals can protect themselves and those around them; how government and the health care sector are preparing for additional impacts from the virus; and how businesses and nonprofit organizations can help. Questions may be submitted in advance at alexandriava.gov/Health, or asked live during the online session using the social media, text message, and phone information on the webpage."
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. However, everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19, as well as influenza and the common cold, including:
- Washing your hands often by rubbing them together with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Staying home when you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Coughing and sneezing into your elbow, not your hand. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces often."
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