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Coronavirus

3/13/2020, 6 a.m.
Coronavirus is nothing to sneeze at.

He also has asked families of the 24,000 students in city schools to prepare now for the possibility of schools being closed if a student or staff member is diagnosed with coronavirus. And he is asking the School Board for authority to reallocate $500,000 for supplies and services to deal with the coronavirus response.

We urge our readers to prepare as well, and to stay informed with credible science-based information.

Here are some helpful websites that answer a va- riety of questions, provide tips for preparing for and dealing with the virus and how to prevent its spread:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

• World Health Organization — www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

• Virginia Department of Health — www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

Health professionals advise us that the best things to do right now are simple:

• Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds each time.

• Wash your hands frequently.

• Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

• Avoid touching your face.

• Avoid large crowds.

• If you feel sick, stay home.

• Consider stocking up on medicine and food for

family and pets for a two-week stay at home. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe.