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Everyday Actions Make the Difference in Stopping COVID-19
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Its everyday actions that make the difference, shared Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Public Information Officer, Sarah Joseph. If you stay six feet away from people when you can, where a mask and wash your hands frequently you have a minimal risk of getting the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic began there have been 379 confirmed cases in Pueblo County through last Friday. Last Friday marked exactly three months since the first coronavirus death in Pueblo County was reported. Ninety days later that number is up to 28. Fifty-three percent of the individuals who died were 80 years old or older. A quarter were between 70-80 years old. Almost 11% between 60-70 and 11% between 50-60.

Joseph feels like masks benefit those who dont have the virus and those who have it and dont realize it yet.

If you have the virus the masks help limit the spread of the virus, she shared. If you dont have it, ​wearing a masks helps limit the chance of getting the virus.

Joseph has a very personal example of how the mask helps her. She bites her nails and the mask keeps her from putting her hands in her mouth. The hands that may have touched retail items, door knobs or some other object.

The highest risk of getting the disease is the elderly. Almost 80% of the deaths in Pueblo County have been over 70 years old. Add to that the fact that many elderly people are also dealing with other health issues and it is very understandable that long term care and assisted living homes have a disproportionate rate of the disease and the deaths from that disease.

Where does a pandemic end? Joseph feels like the pandemic ends when there is a medical intervention via a vaccine or medication that can heal or prevent the COVD-19 virus. Short of that it will be when a large enough number of the population has had it and the body will produce anti-bodies.

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