Austin-Travis County adopts CDC guidelines for public use of fabric facings


Austin-Travis County has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the public use of fabric face coverings.

The county is recommend that the general public use fabric face coverings when conducting essential activities or businesses outside their home to slow the downturn in COVID-19 coronavirus.

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“This is another part of a complex process to slow the spread and smooth the curve in our community,” said Dr. Escott, Interim Health Manager for Travis County. “Although you may feel otherwise good and healthy, we need everyone’s help to prevent the potential asymptomatic spread to others who may be experiencing more severe symptoms. “

On April 5, Dr. Escott announced the recommendation with the support of the Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. These measures are intended to serve as an additional protective measure to prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus.

“This follows the recent announcement by the CDC of a similar recommendation on Friday due to the evidence of asymptomatic positive cases and the transmission of COVID-19,” said a city press release.

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The municipal authorities also stress the importance of maintaining physical distance and respecting the order of working from home. According to the city, facial covers associated with physical remoteness may further reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

“Scarves or bandanas are easy-to-use household items that can be used as a face covering. Many DIY plans are also available online, including advice from the CDC and advice from Austin Public Health, “the city said in the statement.

You can read the full press release from the city here.

Symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.

Expect a cold to start with a sore or irritated throat, cough, runny and / or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly and can include a high fever. COVID-19 symptoms may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough, and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization.

A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is of particular concern for the elderly and those who have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart problems.

Right now, there is a big difference between the flu and the coronavirus: a vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it is not too late to catch it. It will not protect you from getting coronavirus but may put you in a better position to fight it.

To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, avoid crowds and stay close to people. And if you have any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms – don’t go directly to your doctor’s office. It simply risks making more people sick, urge officials. Call ahead and ask if you need to be seen and where.


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