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COVID-19 precautions and responses


Social distancing necessary but not sufficient when indoors

"Indoor spaces, with limited air exchange or recycled air and lots of people, are concerning from a transmission standpoint. ... Social distancing guidelines don't hold in indoor spaces where you spend a lot of time, as people on the opposite side of the room were infected.

The principle is viral exposure over an extended period of time. In all these cases, people were exposed to the virus in the air for a prolonged period (hours). Even if they were 50 feet away (choir or call center), even a low dose of the virus in the air reaching them, over a sustained period, was enough to cause infection and in some cases, death."

Ventilation is key

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tambien en español

New York State, Rockland County, and Suffern

Go to the More responses for responding to COVID-19 page for Rockland Country resources for response.

Is the virus lurking in my clothes, hair, mail? (NY Times briefing 20 April 2020)

Is it TRUE?

Don't spread these viruses!

  • MISinformation -- "incorrect or misleading information".  
  • DISinformation -- "false information that is deliberately and often covertly spread".

We are particularly vulnerable to mis- and dis-information when it supports what we already believe.

Your best protection:

  1. Stick to reliable sources, such as those recommended by the librarians
  2. Check your source's I. Q. -- the source is clearly IDENTIFIED so you can independently verify who they are, and it is QUALIFIED 
  3. Check your facts -- Snopes is the superhero of fact checking. Think of using SNOPES before hitting that Share button like washing your hands when you've been out.