Manatee schools address coronavirus spread

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Mason Ingallinera– Mustangs Ahead

free medical pix.jpeg(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – According to Manatee County School District spokesperson Micheal Barber, it is important for everyone in Manatee County to follow the correct steps to ensure they have the least likely chance of inhabiting the coronavirus illness.

“School District officials are in close contact and working jointly with state and local Health Departments as well as state and local Emergency Management leaders,” said Barber.

He continued the “district is enhancing cleaning and disinfecting measures in our schools, we are placing orders for additional hand sanitizer for all schools and works sites as well as any other materials that will be beneficial.”

Barber stressed that everyone should deal in facts and “not innuendo and rumor.”  The district has released a fact sheet about the disease.

The coronavirus illness is a respiratory disease that was first identified during an investigation earlier this year in Wuhan, China.

Steps include basic health precautions like washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

“The number one tip is to not touch your face. Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth, and nose,” said LRHS registered nurse Laura Anderson. “Also, if you are sick, be sure to stay home”

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The severity of these symptoms can vary from patient to patient.

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral treatment for the illness. Therefore, it is important that students and all other members of the school community take these heath precautions.

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