With cases of the coronavirus spreading across the country and the World Health Organization labeling it a pandemic, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee is looking at ways to keep members safe. Chair Bryan Graham sent this email to members Mar. 11:
Fellow FCDC Members,
The safety of our community and members is our highest priority. FCDC Leadership is following the developments related to the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and tracking the guidance from the County, State, and Federal levels. We are working closely with Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) to develop plans and contingencies for continued operations as we head into this critical election year.
We highly suggest that our members follow the guidance put out by the CDC to protect themselves from both the Coronavirus and the flu:
- Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water; If not available, use hand sanitizer,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands,
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing,
- Avoid contact with people who are sick, and
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
No one should feel compelled to attend an FCDC event during this time. Our members must do what they think is right to be safe. Our recent bylaws changes added an attendance requirement for voting members, but the bylaws also added an attendance waiver process which we will use, if necessary, to ensure that the status of our members is not affected by the need for safety.
Some FCDC events are already being cancelled or rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. At the moment, the FCDC headquarters office hours remain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please check your emails and the FCDC calendar for event status regularly, as things may change fairly quickly.
Chair, Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Risk rises over age 60
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the odds of developing COVID-19 increase with age, starting at age 60 and is especially lethal for people over 80. It also cautions that those with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and other serious underlying conditions are more likely to develop “serious outcomes, including death,” according to the CDC which offers steps to prevent illness.
Harvard Health Publishing of Harvard Medical School offers good advice on ways ways to boost your immune system, including: not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, drinking alcohol in moderation and getting adequate sleep.
The (CDC) is recommending that people with underlying conditions or who are over 60 should avoid crowds, stock up on groceries, household goods and medications and stay home as much as possible.
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