Coronavirus Readiness
 
Dear Neighbors,

As news reports indicate, there has been a rapid increase in the Coronavirus across the world and it is likely that cases will begin to appear in the United States. Fortunately, we have an educated populace that has access to common sense preventative measures and a robust public health system to protect us. As a veterinarian and member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, I have long been a leading Congressional voice on zoonotic diseases like the Coronavirus. I recommend that Oregonians take the commonsense measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority to protect themselves and their families:

  • Do not panic! The majority of Coronavirus cases are mild with symptoms similar to the common cold. Should you begin to feel unwell, call your primary care provider right away. 

  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and be sure to get a flu shot if you have not.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid groups of people showing coughing and sneezing symptoms.

  • You do not need a mask unless you are symptomatic.

  • Disinfect school and work surfaces with soap and water.

  • Avoid travel to endemic countries. Information about travel to specific countries can be found here through the CDC. 

  • Rely on trusted sources like the Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be wary of false information that is being spread through social media. 

  • If you or a loved one are ill or suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes consider restricting your out of home activities since you are more susceptible to illness.


Fortunately, no one in Oregon has tested positive for the Coronavirus and I am hopeful that that remains the case. However it is likely that someone will and with the vast amount of misinformation that is being spread on social media, I encourage all constituents to rely on the Oregon Health Authority for the most accurate and up to date information on confirmed cases.

In Oregon, our state officials and health care system have well developed practices and an infrastructure in place to manage the Coronavirus. At the national level, our public health system will need additional resources to contain this virus and protect Americans in the best way possible. Congress is working on that in a bipartisan manner right now and I will continue to advocate for the necessary funding and speedy development of a low-cost vaccine. In the meantime, I urge all Oregonians to do your part to prevent the spread of this virus and take practical measures to stay healthy and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to my office in DC at 202-225-5711. I will be regularly updating constituents on the Coronavirus via email and on social media. 

Sincerely,

(signed)

Kurt Schrader
Member of Congress

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