Everything you need to know about the coronavirus in Georgia

Illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the COVID-19.CONTRIBUTED

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In the latest episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and AJC health reporter Ariel Hart discuss Atlanta's two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, context surrounding the cases and public response. They also preview President Trump’s upcoming trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In this episode, you’ll also hear from Gov. Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, head of Georgia’s public health department in this episode. They provide details about the cases and tips for the public.

Send questions, comments and concerns to podcasts@ajc.com.

READ MOREThe AJC's Complete Coverage of Coronavirus


CDC recommends preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• If you are concerned you might have the coronavirus, call your healthcare provider before going to a hospital or clinic. In mild cases, your doctor might give you advice on how to treat symptoms at home without seeing you in person, which would reduce the number of people you expose. But in more severe cases an urgent care center or hospital would benefit from advance warning because they can prepare for your arrival. For example, they may want you to enter a special entrance, so you don’t expose others.

Source: CDC

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