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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

How COVID-19 Spreads 

Taken from CDC Website


Person-to-person spread:

The virus is primarily spread from person-to-person.

  • An infected person can spread the virus to others when in close contact with another individual. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes.

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, talks, laughs, sings.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects:

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spread.


Prevention Strategies 

Taken from CDC Website


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • 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

  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public places, especially crowded, indoor space

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Maintain a safe, physical distance (6 feet), as feasible
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • 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


Should my child stay home from school?

Limiting the exposure of healthy individuals to contagious illness is especially important at this time. Please keep your child home from school if they have:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees F or higher)

  • Taken any fever reducing medication in the past 24 hours (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin)

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours

  • New onset cough/sneezes

  • Coughs or sneezes that cannot be contained or that are disruptive

  • Appearing “under the weather” with headache, fatigue, body ache, general malaise

  • Excessive runny nose or head cold symptoms (runny or stuffy nose, cough, red eyes)

  • Been diagnosed with the flu, strep throat, or other illness

  • Traveled to states or countries with published travel advisories: Connecticut, CDC, or US Department of State

Please call your school nurse BEFORE sending your child to school if you are questioning whether or not to keep your child home for the day. With ongoing concerns about the spread of  COVID-19, a day at home to see how symptoms develop is a helpful step in preventing the spread of illness. 


Should my child wear a face covering or mask to school?

We are following the CDC recommendations regarding the use of face coverings.  The CDC recommends cloth face coverings or masks to be worn by all individuals to slow the spread of the disease to others. All individuals who enter a Darien Public School building will be asked to wear a face covering or mask.


Links to Further Information


Connecticut State Department of Health COVID 19

Darien Department of Health 

World Health Organization COVID-19

WHO COVID -19 Advice for Public 

WHO When and How to Use a Mask

National Institute of Health (NIH)  COVID-19

US Department of State Travel Advisories

Connecticut Travel Advisories

CDC Travel Advisories

WHO COVID-19 Myth Busters