COVID-19 – A Letter to the ICA Community
We wanted to share a brief message regarding the emerging public health concerns posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring updates from local and national public health authorities regarding the situation in communities where cases of the virus have been confirmed.
In this time of uncertainty, it’s important to monitor updates and news from reputable sources. The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) is looking to three major reputable health organizations to provide guidance on events and activities during this period:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state and local governments to implement aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, there are several easy ways that we can all take to help minimize the risk of exposure. These are the same basic steps we should be taking every day to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu and the common cold:
- Wash your hands frequently. Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. In addition, having hand sanitizer readily available is always a good idea.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in a waste basket immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, or who appear to have symptoms of a respiratory illness.
- A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons. If masks are to be worn, it is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of them and on hand hygiene after removal
With continued aggressive good hygiene, we can all do our part to help keep everyone healthy.