As of March 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following assessment: “This virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States. [...] For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low." Read the complete Situation Summary here.
Following are recommendations for personal vigilance to ensure minimal contact with potentially ill individuals, based on health and safety guidelines established by public health officials:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
- Practice other good health habits: clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces especially when someone is ill.
Philanthropy MA is implementing the following in-person program/convening support, including, but not limited to:
- Increased availability of hand sanitizer and tissues.
- Increased cleaning and disinfection of meeting space.
- Recommending a ‘no-handshake’ policy.
- Recommending reducing or eliminating business card exchanges. We encourage you to utilize technology (email, social media, and other services) to share contact information.
- As an advocate for equitable treatment of all our colleagues in philanthropy and to prevent stigma and discrimination, we ask program participants not to make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin. While adopting precaution and safety measures into place, we encourage thoughtful consideration of the stigma associated with COVID-19.
Please email Katherine Cook or call 617.426.2606 x151 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.