Coronavirus in a Jail Environment

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Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Families are Worried

Coronavirus. We’re hearing it everywhere. The coronavirus has become a pandemic and it’s been made worse in the United States by an incompetent government that is hiding information from us. Naturally, people who have friends or family in a jail facility are worried. Are those worries justified?

What is the Coronavirus?

You may have seen two names for this virus, coronavirus and COVID-19. The name coronavirus is an umbrella term. It covers a lot of different viruses. Think of the word apple. We all know what that is but there are many different kinds like Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious, McIntosh, and tons more. COVID-19 is the specific kind of coronavirus that we are dealing with right now. For more information on what COVID-19 is, go to the World Health Organization website.

Are Inmates at Greater Risk?

The truth is, anytime you have a large group of people in a relatively small space, it’s easier for sicknesses to spread. The Bexar County Jail does meet that criteria but don’t freak out. There are things you can tell your loved ones to do that will help to keep them from catching COVID-19. The elderly and people with medical issues are most at risk for this virus. People in general good health can catch it but are most likely to survive.

Ways to Protect Yourself Even in a Jail

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says this virus transmits the way the flu does. It sprays out of your mouth in droplets when you cough or sneeze. A person can be infected if those droplets land in a person’s eyes or mouth. Those droplets can also land on objects that other people touch. They then touch their face, infecting themselves unknowingly. So the common sense things apply. When writing or speaking to an inmate give him or her the following information. Cover your mouth when you sneeze, wash your hands thoroughly, paying special attention to the finger tips and the palms. You need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Try not to touch your face, eyes or bite your nails. This is hard, especially touching your face. We do it way more than we realize. Don’t shake hands with people. Don’t touch clothing worn by other inmates. Don’t use bedding that someone else has used. If you do come into contact with someone or their used clothing or bedding. Wash your hands. If someone is coughing or sneezing, avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, try to stay at least 6 feet away from them. For more information on how it spreads, go to the CDC website.

What You May Not Know

This information isn’t really for inmates since they don’t have access to these items. But as a public service, COVID-19 can be passed through animals. You can give it to your pet who can in turn give it to another family member. Don’t kiss your pets. Also, when cooking, make sure to cook all meat thoroughly. And one last thing that everyone does know but doesn’t always follow, stay home if you are sick.

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