2019 Novel Coronavirus
A new strain of Coronavirus (2019 nCoV) has been detected that causes a variety of severity of symptoms, from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. People who have traveled to certain parts of China, such as Wuhan, since December 1, 2019 may have faced initial exposure. Coronavirus causes upper respiratory illness symptoms that resemble a Common Cold or Influenza:
- Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
At this time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that it takes between 2 and 14 days to cause symptoms after exposure.
Kern County Public Health Services has released an information sheet and frequently asked questions:
Current information on confirmed locations of infected people in the United States as well as risk assessment and additional information about the Coronavirus may be found online at the CDC website at:
Additional information may be found at the Kern County Department of Public Health Services website, California Department of Public Health, and World Health Organization at the following links:
Influenza is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. Here's how it works:
Influenza causes symptoms of the upper respiratory system:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Coronavirus and Influenza Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the same steps to prevent viruses that cause upper respiratory infections and flu- or cold-like symptoms:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
It is also recommended to keep sick children home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Sick and well children should be kept at least 3 feet apart and following the prevention steps listed above. It is important to follow the recommendations by the CDC to prevent infection by Influenza or Coronavirus. Following these guidelines will limit the risk of infection by students and families.
Flu and Coronavirus and School Operations
Kern High School District communicates information from public health agencies to students and families. Schools operate normally unless directed otherwise by Kern County Public Health Services Department. In this case more information will be communicated to students, parents, and members of the community.