COVID-19, or “coronavirus,” is a highly contagious respiratory disease that has now been detected in more than 100 locations, including the United States. Anyone can become infected but COVID-19 has shown to be especially dangerous for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. Right now in South Carolina we have an opportunity to get ahead of this and slow the spread of this disease but it will take all of us working together as a community to protect one another. Out of an abundance of caution I have postponed all of my public meetings and campaign events until further notice and I encourage everyone to take similar precautions and practice social distancing. 

 

Here is a collection of resources and information about the outbreak: 
 

Precautions: 

One of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by practicing social distancing. This means:

  • Avoiding any large gatherings

  • Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others whenever possible

  • Limiting trips to stores and restaurants 

  • Working from home whenever possible 

Social distancing has proven to be effective at “flattening the curve” which is an attempt to slow the spread of disease so that we don’t overburden our healthcare system. Flattening the curve also gives healthcare providers time to prepare and stock up on crucial supplies. 

 

Other precautions to take:

  • Wash your hands frequently (CDC guidelines on handwashing can be found here)

  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol 

  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces every day 

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

  • Avoid shaking hands

  • Avoid air travel 

  • Cover your cough/sneezes 

  • Stay home if you feel sick 

 

Symptoms:

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure. 

 

Take Action: 

If you or a loved one is showing flu-like symptoms or has any concerns about the virus, MUSC is offering free, 24/7 virtual/telemedicine screenings for COVID-19.

 

The DHEC Care Line can also be called at 1-855-472-3432 from 8am – 6pm x 7 days a week.

 

Additional Resources: 

The CDC website provides comprehensive and up-to-date information about the symptoms of COVID-19 and updated guidance about how to limit the spread

 

The DHEC website has a page dedicated to COVID-19 updates and recommendations

 

The Post & Courier is keeping real-time stats about the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina

 

CDC resources on how to cope with stress while social distancing

 

Charleston County School District is offering free breakfast and lunch for children under 18, Monday-Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm via drive-thru pickup service at 15 different locations

 

Berkeley County School District is offering free lunch and snacks to children under 18 Monday-Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm via drive-thru pickup service at 12 different locations

 

One final note, during this time our community’s small businesses are going to take a hit. Consider shopping online, ordering delivery, or buying gift cards to use later on as a way to relieve some of the burden on your favorite stores and restaurants.

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