Wyoming’s First Coronavirus Case Isn’t Cause for Panic

Written by on March 12, 2020

It’s here – but there’s no need to fear.

Wyoming’s first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed. A woman in Sheridan County with a recent history of domestic travel has tested positive for the infamous COVID-19, confirmed by tests from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory. The Wyoming Department of Health made the announcement yesterday evening after the President’s national address where he announced a travel suspension between Europe and the US for 30 days.

The key to this situation is not to panic. Coronavirus’s entry into Wyoming was inevitable, but the risk of widespread transmission is still low overall. Viruses travel easily in densely populated, small areas. That isn’t Wyoming. Experts believe COVID-19 spreads mostly between people who are in close contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most ill with obvious symptoms.

To avoid the virus and help prevent its spread, state health officials recommend these steps:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol.

This too, shall pass. But practicing proper hygiene is the best weapon you have against spreading or catching the coronavirus.


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