Sedgwick County Health Director provides Coronavirus update

Rodney Price
March 11, 2020 - 11:51 am
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Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne gave an update on the coronavirus at Wednesday's Sedgwick County Commission meeting. 

Director Bryne says that the coronavirus is bringing lots of anxiety, but she reminded residents that most who get it will show mild to no symptoms. The most vulnerable part of the population is those 60 to 65 and older that have preexisting conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or have compromised immune systems because of cancer treatments.

The director stressed the importance of good hygiene in helping to stop not only the coronavirus but the flu and other cold viruses too.

"Especially during flu season, and now that COVID-19 is in our country and at some point coming to Sedgwick County, is taking the time to thoroughly wash the hands, between the fingers, underneath the fingernails," Byrne said. “If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer."

Byrne reminded everyone that when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth, we introduce viruses into our body. It's important to realize how much we do it and to keep from doing so. She said as of Tuesday night, 800 people in the U.S. have tested positive for the virus and 25 people have died. 

Byrne will join the commission meeting each week to provide updates.

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