Metro Detroit food banks ramp up efforts amid coronavirus outbreak
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, ME. – Food insecurity is something many people face on a daily basis, but the coronavirus is causing more people to need food.
With schools closed and people unemployed, access to food is an even higher priority.
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Organizations around Metro Detroit are available to help. Examples of this are the Samaritan House in Washington Township and the Pontiac lighthouse.
Learn more about the above organizations and volunteer here or donate money here.
If you need food click here.
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Diffusion from person to person
The virus is believed to mainly spread from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
- Breathing droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into their lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are considered to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spreading might be possible before people show symptoms; This has been reported to be the case with this new coronavirus, but it is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It is possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are very contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses are not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained and spreads continuously without stopping.
There is currently no vaccine against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid exposure to this virus. As a reminder, however, CDC always recommends everyday preventative measures to keep respiratory disease from spreading, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a normal household cleaning spray or cloth.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom. before the meal; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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Individuals who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their doctor immediately.
Question about coronavirus? Ask dr McGeorge here.
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