Our opinion: Consider your sources about coronavirus

Published 7:01 am Tuesday, March 10, 2020

As news about the new coronavirus circulates across the country, it is important to rely on trusted sources to get your information, instead of allowing yourself to get caught up in inaccurate postings.

In addition to established news media, turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov or the Minnesota Department of Health at health.state.mn.us for trusted information.

Though there are many unanswered questions about the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, these organizations provide indepth, reliable information about what the disease is, how it spreads, what the current risks are and other resources.

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Symptoms have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death in other cases.

As we move forward with new cases surfacing in the United States, people are asked to follow standard prevention practices, such as washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve; avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth; disinfecting frequently touched surfaces; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Many of these practices are things people should already be doing in their daily lives during cold and flu season — and any time for that matter — but we hope this can remind them of the importance of this.

The CDC says the current risk for most of the American public is considered low at this time, though more cases will likely be developed in the coming days.

We encourage you to arm yourself with information by being aware of accurate information and take precautions as recommended by these organizations.

Use this as an example of what to do to help your family be prepared in the case of any emergency.