All information, unless otherwise noted, come directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new strain of the Coronavirus family of viruses. The virus itself is called SARS-CoV-2. They both were formerly called the Novel Coronavirus.
Who is affected by COVID-19?
Anyone can catch COVID-19, however the following populations are at risk of developing advanced symptoms:
- Older Adults (65+)
- People who live in nursing homes or long-term care facility
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have heart disease with complications
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40)
- People with certain underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease
- While people who are pregnant tend to be at risk of severe viral illness, COVID-19 has not currently shown increased risk for this population
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
For the vast majority of cases, the only symptoms are as follows:
- Shortness of Breath
Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 that require immediate medical attention include:
- Trouble Breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
These are not all the symptoms that may appear. Please contact your doctor for any symptoms that are severe or concerning.
If you believe you have COVID-19, and only show mild symptoms, please self-isolate in your home. Have a friend or family member who has not contracted the virus collect groceries if needed. If symptoms advance, or you are in the at-risk category, go to the doctor.
Where is COVID-19?
COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China and has spread all across the world, including in the United States of America. To date (March 29, 2020) there are 773 confirmed cases in Arizona, including 41 cases in Pinal County (Arizona Department of Health Services).
What should I do?
The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to follow CDC and AZDHS Guidelines.
From the CDC:
- Wash your hands often. know how to wash your hands properly! If soap and water is not readily available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Practice social distancing if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Stay home if you are sick!
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm. NOT YOUR HANDS. Immediately wash hands after.
- Wear a face mask if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick. Please do not wear a face mask if you don't need one.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them.
From the AZDHS:
- All restaurants in counties with COVID-19 cases are required to provide dine-out options only.
- All bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with COVID-19 cases are required to close.
- If someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider.
- Expiration dates on drivers licenses are delayed, please do not go to the MVD!
- State-wide closures of schools until April 10, 2020.
- Cancel or postpone all mass gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Work online when possible.
If you believe you may have COVID-19, or have developed severe symptoms that may have resulted from COVID-19, please contact your doctor! Call their office BEFORE you arrive so they can evacuate the area and prevent further spread.
How will this affect San Tan Lions meetings and events
As of writing this, all events currently planned have been canceled. Lions meetings will be held online via GoToMeeting until the pandemic is over, likely when a vaccine is made available. Due to state-wide closures of schools, two Leo meetings will be canceled. We will still collect and sort eyeglasses and provide eyesight help to those who need it.
Why is the San Tan Lions Club writing this page?
Due to the spread of COVID-19 all across the world and in Pinal County, we are concerned about the health and well-being of our neighbors and fellow Lions. Due to the fact that the majority of Lions are in the at-risk category, it is important that we take a pandemic like this one seriously. Please get your information from trusted sources. The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Arizona Department of Health Services are all valuable resources for learning how to keep yourself safe.
Please keep in mind that this page is just a summary of available information, and certain details may have either been left out or reworded. Please get your information from trusted sources who know what they are talking about. Your local news station and national new stations should not be considered trusted sources.