Coronavirus Disease 2019 - COVID-19

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DoDEA has been closely following recent media reports and information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Global efforts are currently underway to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its impact. The Federal Government is working closely with public health partners to respond to this threat. In addition, DoDEA is working with our military partners and health officials to monitor the situation and provide additional guidance as needed.

If you or your child has traveled to China within the last 21 days please seek and follow medical advice and monitor your health condition.

Outbreaks like this are always troublesome. Some parents and students might be worried about this virus and how it may impact our schools and communities.

Be assured that we are aware of these concerns. The safety of our students and employees is paramount. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available.

How can parents help?

Our school nurses and staff will be working with students to promote good hygiene and to keep everyone healthy and safe. We also work with our custodial providers to ensure our schools receive thorough cleaning every day. Parents are asked for help in reinforcing healthy practices at home with children.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. COVID-19 is a coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

The coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms are thought to appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

At this time, persons considered at risk for contracting the virus are those with recent travel to Wuhan, China, or individuals in close contact with infected persons. There is much more to learn about COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, COVID-19 has not been found to be spreading in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

This website will provide updates to parents as needed.

In situations like this, it is best to rely on factual information from reliable sources. For more information on this matter, DoDEA encourages you to reach out to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention at and to speak with our military health providers.

Additional Coronavirus Resources and Information

Websites

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
Regularly updated comprehensive dashboard and map developed by a team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) that keeps track of recent developments in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
Advice for the public regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) including when and how to use masks, myth busters and advice for health workers.
United States Force Korea Coronavirus Update
United States Force Korea Coronavirus Update
A USFK widowed dependent living in Daegu tested positive for COVID-19, making this the first time a USFK-related individual has tested positive for the virus. As a prudent measure to protect the force, USFK has raised the risk level to HIGH peninsula-wide.
Coronavirus: DOD Response
Coronavirus: DOD Response
The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Public health officials provide info on Novel Coronavirus
Public health officials provide info on Novel Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Military Health System, and the U.S. Army Public Health Center are closely monitoring developments around the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
China Travel Advisory
China Travel Advisory
Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk. On January 29, 2020 the Department allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
FDA is working with U.S. Government partners, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and international partners to closely monitor an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
Military Health System - Coronavirus
Military Health System - Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.
World Health Organization: Coronavirus
World Health Organization: Coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China
2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

Videos

Happy Handwashing Song
Happy Handwashing Song
This animated video, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, encourages kids to wash their hands to keep germs away. The song is sung twice through, the recommended length of time to wash hands.
CDC Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes - Penguin
CDC Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes - Penguin
Flu prevention starts with everyday preventive actions. Help kids establish healthy habits that help prevent the spread of flu and germs that can cause illness by watching these videos and practicing.
CDC Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes - Kids
CDC Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes - Kids
Flu prevention starts with everyday preventive actions. Help kids establish healthy habits that help prevent the spread of flu and germs that can cause illness by watching these videos and practicing.
WHO: Coronavirus - questions and answers
WHO: Coronavirus - questions and answers
What is a coronavirus? Where do they come from? How can I protect myself? Watch this Q&A from the World Health Organization for the answers.
WHO - protecting health every day, everywhere
WHO - protecting health every day, everywhere
Every day, throughout your life, whoever you are, wherever you live in the world, the World Health Organization is working to protect your most precious possession — your health.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Keep Your Hands Clean
Keeping your hands clean is a critical part of preventing illness and reducing the spread of germs to others. DoDEA wants to remind you to wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands regularly will help you stay clean and healthy.

Downloadable Resources

DoDEA School Closures Coronavirus (COVID-19)
DoDEA School Closures Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Map showing current DoDEA Closures as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What you need to know about COVID-19
What you need to know about COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Stop the Spread of Germs
Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness.
Coronavirus Memo Attachment
Coronavirus Memo Attachment
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reminds agencies that a wide range of human resources flexibilities and authorities are available to assist employees and agencies in dealing with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or other quarantineable diseases.
Force Health Protection Guidance
Force Health Protection Guidance
Force Health Protection Guidance for the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. Matthew P. Donovan, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. This memorandum provides initial guidance to DoD personnel on the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Letter to PAC Parents regarding Far East travel 10 Feb 20 FIN
Letter to PAC Parents regarding Far East travel 10 Feb 20 FIN
Over the next few weeks, there are a number of Far East sports and academic events scheduled across the region for our students. At this time, we have determined that all of our Far East student activities will continue as scheduled.
Coronavirus Poster
Coronavirus Poster
DoDEA poster with informational details about the coronavirus, including What it is, how to prevent infection and what to do if you are sick.
2019 Coronavirus Information
2019 Coronavirus Information
Cornavirus informational factsheet. Details for both the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) strains.
What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus
What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus
If you are sick with 2019-nCoV follow these steps to help prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to people in your home and community.
Novel Coronavirus and You
Novel Coronavirus and You
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You Fact Sheet

Audio Recordings

CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19
CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19
CDC update on the COVID-19 response by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Articles

USAREUR Coronavirus message
USAREUR Coronavirus message
A cluster of coronavirus cases in a small town in Lombardy, Italy, was first identified on Thursday, February 20, and the number of cases has risen steadily.
Pentagon issues coronavirus guidance to troops: Wash your hands, avoid sick people, don’t go to China
Pentagon issues coronavirus guidance to troops: Wash your hands, avoid sick people, don’t go to China
The risk to most Defense Department personnel worldwide of contracting the deadly coronavirus is low, the Pentagon said in guidance issued Friday about the fast-spreading illness, but they should take precautions to avoid getting sick by frequent handwashing and avoiding potentially sick people.
DOD, Other Government Departments Take Coronavirus Response Measures
DOD, Other Government Departments Take Coronavirus Response Measures
The Defense Department is working with other government agencies in responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, that was first detected in Wuhan City, in China's Hubei province and which continues to expand, according to the CDC's website.
WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Coronavirus concerns prompt change in DODEA Korea basketball schedules
Coronavirus concerns prompt change in DODEA Korea basketball schedules
For the first time in its 48-year history, the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference has canceled basketball tournaments due to health concerns brought on by the new coronavirus, league officials announced Wednesday.
Coronavirus update: Illness spreads, US troops in Southeast Asia advised to take precautions
Coronavirus update: Illness spreads, US troops in Southeast Asia advised to take precautions
With the new coronavirus having sickened more than 4,500 in China and five people in the United States, the U.S. government is encouraging Americans to take precautions against contracting any respiratory illness, including the flu or a cold.
Coronavirus case near Tokyo spurs alert for US military personnel in Japan
Coronavirus case near Tokyo spurs alert for US military personnel in Japan
The U.S. military has warned its personnel in Japan to watch out for symptoms of a deadly pneumonia-like virus after a man from Kanagawa prefecture, home to thousands of sailors and soldiers, contracted the disease in China this month.