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What to know about self-quarantine

Posted at 5:30 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 06:32:42-05

WACO, TX — With the spike in coronavirus cases, a lot of people are concerned about what to do if they start to feel even a little under the weather.

Health officials say it's all about the everyday basics: Washing your hands, and covering your cough to make sure you don't spread bacteria.

That is what people all over the world are trying to do to steer clear of the coronavirus.

"If anyone has respiratory and flu like symptoms like a fever, cough, shortness of breathe, I would recommend staying home," said Vaidehi Shah, McLennan County's Lead Epidemiologist.

Health experts say self-isolation could make all the difference.

"Limit contact as much as you can if you do not have to leave, don't leave unless its for medical care and have a separate room if possible and bathroom," said Shah.

Current statistics show there have been 11 cases of COVID-19 in Texas, but none of those have been in Central Texas.

Recently, Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared a state of disaster and public health emergency for the City of San Antonio due to coronavirus concerns.

"Right now, if you have not traveled to any of the affected areas in the past 14 days then they are at a very low-risk," said Shah.

As the concern of the community spread rises, isolation is being used as the pioneering action to stop an outbreak.

"I think our team is strong, I tell them that I sleep with both eyes closed because of how prepared our team is. They have prepared plans and providing training and that is critical to address any situation that we can have is to be prepared," said Shah.