Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. The safety and well-being of our seniors, volunteers and staff is our top priority. We continue to follow recommended health and safety standards as well as monitor updates from the World Health Organization. At this time, we will continue to deliver our mission by providing nutritious meals and safety checks to our clients. Our production and distribution facilities will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitizing process and we continue to ask that volunteers remain home if they are not feeling well.
We know that during this time of social distancing, many of our seniors who are homebound will become isolated from the community.
If you are sick, please stay home and consult a medical professional. Volunteers can contact their Coordinator or call the office to report their absence.
What is coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.”
How does it spread?
The most likely form of transmission is through:
Droplets released into the air by coughing or sneezing
Close personal contact with someone with coronavirus
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
What can I do to stay healthy?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including coronavirus:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. · Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a least 20 seconds. See the CDC site for additional handwashing tips.
If water and soap are not available, clean hands using alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean frequently surfaces and objects (for example, TV remotes and computers).
The most important step you can take is to stay informed and follow guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Resource links are available at the bottom of this page.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the Center for Disease Control states that “reported illnesses ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness”. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, shortness of breath".