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There is the potential threat of the spread of the respiratory illness known as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting the U.S. with increasing cases in the coming days and weeks.

The safety of our Club members is our number one priority! In an effort to be proactive for our Club kids, Club staff, and our community, we have provided some helpful information on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) follows the guidance and expertise of local, state, and national health officials to help protect our members, their families, and our employees from all communicable diseases. The BGCD leadership is closely monitoring media reports and information being publicized by the CDC and school district partners regarding the growing concerns about Coronavirus. While there are not any current confirmed reports of this illness originating in our community, we are taking additional measures of prevention at the Clubs and preparing for scenarios in the event school districts announce closures.


How is it Coronavirus spread?
The virus is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person, by coming into close contact with another person (within six feet) and through respiratory droplets. These droplets are produced when a person coughs or sneezes and lands in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The virus can also spread by coming in contact with infected surfaces and objects. A person can get the virus by touching a surface or object which has the virus on it and then touching their own eyes, nose, or mouth.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

What’s the best way to prevent getting Coronavirus?
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being in contact with the virus, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and wash your hands afterward.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a household disinfecting spray or wipe.

How long should I wash my hands?
You should wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands if they’re visibly dirty, including after eating, blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing. Try singing “Happy Birthday” while washing!

Should I wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

For more information, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus or contact a healthcare professional.