Video: Ruben Major on Coronavirus
Currently, there is a need for testing kits, free testing services for those who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for testing. While the state recently relaxed co-pays and costs for those who have insurance to receive testing, we are calling on officials, hospitals, and healthcare providers to waive fees for those who are uninsured. The most rapid containment will require free testing. Additionally, we are calling on city officials and council members to increase sanitation efforts by adding more hand washing stations throughout the city.
As of right now, there are no known cases in the city of Oceanside. There was one case in San Diego County for a woman in her 50’s who had traveled outside of the country, but authorities say the risk of contracting the virus locally remains low. The guidance for preventative measures to avoid infection are the same as for all viruses:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home and self-quarantine if you are sick or start to exhibit symptoms
- Avoid touching your face, including nose, mouth, and eyes
- Practice good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and drink plenty of fluids
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces your home, including door knobs, light switches, and other frequently-touched items
This can also be a confusing time for children with the news constantly showing stories about the virus and global implications. We must communicate with our kids and keep them informed about what is happening and why we are taking these precautions. It is important to remain calm and balanced in these discussions, as our children take cues from us in times like this. The CDC has released some information on how to talk to your children about coronavirus that provides a good framework.