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Our efforts to address Coronavirus

The Massachusetts Department of Health has the risk of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, listed as "low." The effectiveness of our efforts to address Coronavirus are contingent on inter-agency cooperation and the free flow of information. The Chinese government should not continue to censor or detain medical personnel and citizen journalists such as Li Wenliang, Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin, and most recently Li Zehua.

Here are some trusted resources providing the most up to date information we have:

MA Department of Health

CDC Travel Advisories

Right now, public health officials, legislators, and care providers are working together to ensure that we have the resources we need to address a potential outbreak of Coronavirus in our communities. In the meantime, take the same precautions that you would with any respiratory illness to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Stay home if you're sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Be sure to cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Keep things clean. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Also avoid touching your face – particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched (children's toys, doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, etc.)
  • Maintain your overall health. Stay current on your vaccinations, eat well, and exercise to help your immune system stay strong.
  • Check for travel advisories. The CDC website has travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US. When traveling on a plane or train, use a disinfectant wipe to clean surfaces like train tables, armrests, or infotainment systems.

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Posted on March 4, 2020.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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