Under Governor Larry Hogan’s direction, state agencies continue to develop comprehensive and coordinated prevention and response plans for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will communicate directly with the public, providing updates as this situation develops and accurate information about how to protect yourself and your family.
If you have specific questions about COVID-19 or the latest announcements to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, you may contact me by email at [email protected] or by phone at 410-841-3645 (Office) on this or any other constituent matter.
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What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of human infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Take everyday preventive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:
● Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
● Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
● Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow, wear a mask
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick
● If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
● Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds
What is social distancing?
The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is through “social distancing,” which means avoiding close contact with others. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family or living situation. Social distancing can include the following habits and steps:
● Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting
● Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
● Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
● Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to you through delivery services or through family or social networks
It is recommended that those at a high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 stay home as much as possible and contact their health care provider.
While social distancing and self-quarantine are needed to limit and control the spread of the disease, social connectedness is important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time. Talk to your friends and family on the phone or over video to stay connected.
How can I be more prepared for COVID-19?
● Have an adequate supply of nonprescriptive drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines
● Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed
● Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer in case you become ill and must stay at home to recover
● Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what will be needed to care for them at home
● Have a two-week supply of water and food available at home
For more information, please visit the AVMA COVID-19 website.
Is there anything else I should know?
Do not stigmatize people of any specific ethnicities or racial background. Viruses do not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds. Stay informed and seek information from reliable, official sources. Be wary of myths, rumors and
misinformation circulating online and elsewhere. Health information shared through social media is frequently inaccurate, unless coming from an official, reliable source such as the CDC, MDH or local health departments.
Are there additional resources available for specific groups, such as businesses?
The CDC provides current information about COVID-19.
If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not answered here, call your local
health department or dial 2-1-1.