The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these tips to prevent influenza:
● Get vaccinated every year
● Avoid close contact with sick people
● Frequent hand-washing with soap
● Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
● Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should
be evaluated by a medical professional.
The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of novel coronavirus globally, to date, there have been no reported coronavirus cases in Riverside County. The CDC has said the current risk of local transmission is low.
San Jacinto Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and obtain updates from the California Department of Public Health and local health officials about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since Dec. 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.
If you have questions about these topics, please go to the Riverside University Health System website at https://www.rivcoph.org/
coronavirus.aspx or contact the Coronavirus Public Information Line (951) 358-5134.
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