NORFOLK, Va. -- The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of American life. Responding to hurricanes is no exception.
And forecasters are warning that this season could also be a busy one. Coastal cities in Virginia are facing a variety of additional challenges this year.
They include making sure there’s enough shelter space to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
But there are also concerns about falling tax revenues. Cities need to have funds to run generators and to clean up debris.
Another concern is the resources of relief groups that respond to pandemics as well as hurricanes.
They could be stretched thin if a major storm hits.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.