Realistically, it was only a matter of time. Nevada has reported in its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident, who had recently traveled to Washington state. 

There’s a lot of information circulating about the global outbreak, which has caused store shelves to be emptied of hand sanitizer, and people to start stockpiling provisions. 

So what’s the best thing to do right now? 

  • First off, stay calm. At the time of writing, there are 162 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., resulting in 11 fatalities. Although COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in other countries, the immediate health risk remains low. 
  • Facemasks might feel reassuring, but they don’t prevent infection. However, if you develop symptoms yourself, a mask will help to prevent germs from being spread. 
  • Basic disease prevention guidelines apply to global pandemics or the common flu. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue to hand, use the crook of your elbow.
  • Washing your hands thoroughly is paramount. Be conscious of when you touch shared surfaces, such as touchscreens and handrails. Use hand wipes and sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands straight away and avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
  • Social distancing can help – the World Health Organization recommends keeping a distance of one meter away from someone who is coughing or sneezing, if possible. 
  • If you experience symptoms such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, seek prompt medical advice. 

If you’re planning to attend local major events or conferences, stay tuned for cancelations as a number of gatherings have already been put on ice as a precautionary measure. As ever, community matters. If you have elderly or vulnerable friends or neighbors, check in with them and see if they need help. 

Everyone here at Bighorn Law cares what happens in our close to home and wider communities: keep safe and well, and let’s stay positive.