CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Residents shouldn’t concern themselves with the locations of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus because it’s only a matter of time before the virus becomes widespread, Coral Springs emergency management and medical directors said Monday.
Instead, residents should focus on preventive measures, such as washing their hands often with soap and water, avoid touching their eyes, noses, and mouths, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, the directors said.
“There’s no reason to be concerned about where other people are with the virus because within weeks, it’s going to be more widespread and more widespread and most people will have simple flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Peter Antevy, medical director of the City of Coral Springs. “It’s likely been here for a couple of months already, and we just don’t know who has it.”
Dr. Antevy was among the officials taking part in a roughly 31-minute City of Coral Springs Facebook Live question-and-answer session on the coronavirus. They answered questions from Facebook fans and spoke about how best to avoid getting sick.
One of their many takeaways was the concerns raised on the whereabouts of the three people who have tested positive so far for the coronavirus in Broward County. The Florida health department has only disclosed that the sick are: a 67-year-old male, a 75-year-old man, and a 65-year-old man. All three are in isolation.
Coral Springs Emergency Management Director Alex Falcone said he too agreed that it’s not important to know where these individuals are.
“Most likely, if we are going to come in contact with someone who has the virus, we’re not going to know we’re coming in contact with them,” Falcone said.
He said it’s best to focus on “personal hygiene” and other preventive actions.
“It’s prudent for all of us to take these precautions all the time and not just wait for a case to be confirmed in our neighborhood,” he said.
You can watch the entire Facebook discussion here.