The Centers for Disease Control (CDC.GOV) and World Health Organizations (WHO.INT) are our most reliable sources of up-to-date information worldwide on the spread and prevention of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Here is Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has updates and information on the pandemic here: COVID-19 updates.
To halt the spread of the virus, these health organizations recommend the following:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Droplets spread virus. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.