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ILLNESS Measures can help in prevention

The OBSERVER's view

As the world and nation keep an eye on the coronavirus that has killed more than 600 people globally, residents here are dealing with another health scare that is affecting many. The flu.

Last week, Chautauqua County issued a news release noting there have been no Coronavirus cases in New York state, but influenza has been a major issue. On Friday, the illness forced the closing of Gowanda Central Schools. Though other area districts have seen high numbers of staff and student absences, those schools have chosen to remain open.

County officials listed ways to promote prevention during this season when many of us are touched by some sort of irritation. Those measures for respiratory illnesses such as Influenza and coronavirus:

¯ Get a flu shot.

¯ 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 sanitizer.

¯ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

¯ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

¯ Stay home when you are sick.

¯ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

¯ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Simple reminders that each take a short bit of time. That is always better than the alternative.

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