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    WHAT IS Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus. 

    Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.

    People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

    Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath.  The virus may be transmitted by being in close proximity with droplet contact (coughing, sneezing, etc.) from an infected person or from surfaces.  New reports say the virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. 



    Health experts are still learning the details. Currently, it is thought to spread:

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Touching your mouth, eyes and nose if virus is on your hands.  New studies indicate it may be able to live on surfaces for up to 48 hours.



    • Students and staff should stay home when they are sick.  If students or staff members have a fever, they should stay home until they are fever-free. 
    • Avoid other people who are sick.
    • Everyone - students, staff, school volunteers and visitors - should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).   We will be providing an increased emphasis on handwashing in our schools. The CDC says the washing of hands is the first line of defense. In fact, one of our sources states that washing your hands at least five times a day could reduce the likelihood of contracting a respiratory infection by around 15 to 20%. 
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm.  The CDC is not advising the wearing of masks.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. 
    • Parents are reminded to consult their physician if they have any concerns.
    • Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected areas and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as fever and cough should report their travel history to any health professional or medical facility when they visit.



    • Over the break Corsicana ISD conducted an extensive sanitizing process of our schools and buses. Our custodians and maintenance crews will continue to proactively disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Our curriculum department is also developing a plan for continued learning should schools be closed for an extended amount of time due to the virus’ impact.