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Coronavirus COVID-19

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Dear NYU Aging Incubator Community,

We hope this message finds you safe and well.

Given the increasing severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the NYU Aging Incubator Team would like to share a few helpful tips on how we can continue to stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are affected by the virus worldwide.

We believe it is important for our community to stay virtually connected via email, online forums, and/or conference calls. With that said, please see below for more information on COVID-19:

What is the coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19 or CoV)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people (World Health Organization, WHO).

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Some people infected with the virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, common ones include low-grade fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sore throat. However, COVID-19 can occasionally cause more severe symptoms like high fever, severe cough, and shortness of breath, which often indicates pneumonia (Harvard Medical School).

Tips on How to Protect Yourself (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (6 ft recommended).

As we closely monitor the evolving situation, our team has the utmost confidence that we will rise above this pandemic and work towards our goal of maintaining a strong and healthy society, especially for those who are oldest among us. Throughout history, we’ve experienced many tribulations and we’ve overcome them together - this too shall pass.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. We wish you and your families good health and happiness, always.

Helpful Links:

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- The New York Times

With warm regards,
Josh, Vicki and Bei
NYU Aging Incubator Co-Directors

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