What is the COVID-19 response plan for the New York City metro area?
Posted January 18, 2019 12:59:30The New York metropolitan area is the first to be hit by a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. with more than 4,300 confirmed cases and another 1,000 people still in hospital.
But the New Yorkers are not alone.
Residents are being advised to get up to three days of rest and avoid outdoor activities.
And some residents are asking what is the response plan if they are infected?ABC News asked some of the city’s health experts what they would do if they were infected.
Here is what they said:What are the public health guidelines?
You should:Keep a safe distance from others to protect yourself and others.
Get up to 3 days of active physical activity and rest.
If you’re in New York and feel ill, call your health care provider or a public health officer.
Make sure you get tested.
Get tested for COVID in advance of your trip.
If symptoms start to appear, seek medical attention immediately.
You may need to travel elsewhere.
What are emergency protocols for the city?
People should wear masks, wash their hands thoroughly and use repellent and disinfectant immediately after exposure.
Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has received an aerosol contaminated with COVID should isolate themselves.
If you’re a family member or friend, do not let your contact with the person come into contact with your children.
What is the best way to protect myself from contracting COVID?
If you have a cough or cold, seek immediate medical attention.
If symptoms start, seek emergency medical attention for COV-19.
If COVID is spreading into other parts of the country, you may need a doctor to treat you.
For example, if you’re traveling to a county that is not on the New Jersey or New York health departments list, get medical care for yourself.
You can also contact a community health center or a private healthcare provider.
What is a private health provider?
Health care providers in New Jersey are also authorized to help you with COV and provide other services to protect you and your family from other infectious diseases.
You can visit them at the nearest health care facility or by calling 1-800-934-6242.
What steps can I take to stay safe from the virus?
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