Influenza and Coronavirus Virus Information

Influenza and Coronavirus Virus Information
Posted on 02/10/2020
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Brazosport ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The District is aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the increased number of influenza (flu) cases in Brazoria County and the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Below is some helpful information and tips to help keep you and your family healthy.

Coronavirus Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While there are no reports of this illness in Texas, families are encouraged to visit CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.

No additional precautions have been advised for Brazosport ISD at this time, but we will continue to be in communication with our local partners and stand ready to take all appropriate measures. Should this change, the district will immediately notify all parties. 

Precautions to Help Prevent Illness
As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • 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

Influenza (flu) Information: 
Flu and Coronavirus symptoms are very similar (fever, body aches, coughing and generally feeling bad). Some people are at higher risk of severe illness or complications from these viruses, including people who are less than 5 years of age, are 65 years of age or older, or have certain chronic conditions. These include chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (excluding hypertension), endocrine, renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic or metabolic disorders, are immunosuppressed, are or will become pregnant during the influenza season. Those younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, are residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, or are morbidly obese (body mass index >40) are also at higher risk for getting flu.

Symptoms of the flu may include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Among children, ear infection, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also commonly reported. Not everyone who has the flu runs a fever. Infected persons can start spreading the virus up to 24 hours before the onset of symptoms. Additionally, some persons who become infected with the flu do not have symptoms, but can still spread the virus.

Educational materials for preventing the spread of influenza can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/

The above information can be found at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/IDCU/disease/influenza/Texas-Influenza-Surveillance-Handbook.doc

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