Philadelphia region update in ASL regarding COVID-19. County Health Department Pages re: COVID-19/Coronavirus:

Philadelphia County: https://www.phila.gov/2020-01-31-nove…

Delaware County: https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources…

Bucks County: http://www.buckscounty.org/government…

Montgomery County: https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-H…

Chester County: https://www.chesco.org/4376/2019-Nove…


TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Update 2/27/2020 Hello! My name is Neil McDevitt and I’m the Executive Director for the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre in the Philadelphia region. Like many of you, we’re also monitoring the possible impact of COVID-19, that’s the coronavirus that we’ve been hearing about in the news and on social media recently.

The PA Department of Health recently released resources on how you can protect yourself from COVID-19. We’re linking to each county’s health department in the post below: As of today, February 27, 2020 – there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses can live in animals, such as camels, cats and bats.

Sometimes, they can evolve and infect people, before spreading through human to human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; or physical contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it. People who are most risk of getting COVID-19 are people who recently traveled to or from Wuhan area and the Hubei Province in China or have been close to people who are traveling from that area. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever,

cough and shortness of breath. It can take between 2 and 14 days for symptoms to appear after being exposed to the coronavirus. Again: As of today, February 27, 2020 – there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

There are, however, over 70,000 cases of people being sick with the Flu here in Pennsylvania. Many of the same things that we can use to protect ourselves from the flu will also protect us from COVID-19.

1. Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbows, not your hands!

2. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.

3. Clean surfaces like tables, desks, cell phones, light switches, and countertops frequently

4. If you’re sick, stay home! Don’t spread sickness to other people!