Prevention and Vaccine
Should I wear a face mask?
Starting on April 19, all customers are required to wear face masks or coverings while shopping. This is according to an order signed by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. Businesses are required to deny entry to any individual who is not wearing a mask - unless that business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food. In that case, the business must provide an alternative method of pick-up or delivery of those goods. If an individual cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2) then that individual may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation.
Updated guidance from the CDC recommends that you should cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker! And also, continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
If the temperature outside gets hot enough, will the virus die?
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
How do I properly disinfect surfaces?
When cleaning use any product that kills germs. The CDC has a list of EPA approved disinfectants on their website. Wear gloves when cleaning, disposable or dishwashing gloves. If using reusable gloves wash the gloves with soap and water when you are finished and let dry completely before using again.
The virus was said to be airborne. What precautionary measures are being taken to keep the virus from being spread at the drive-through testing centers?
Persons being tested are asked to remain in the car. No non-household members should be in the car. Staff taking samples will use CDC recommendations for protective clothing and equipment.