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Detroit police take extra precautions amid coronavirus outbreak

DETROIT – This virus seems to be affecting everything but Chief Craig wants to make it clear that it won’t stop the police department from ultimately doing its job.

“We don’t want to take any chances. None of us have experienced a crisis like this,” said Detroit Police Chief, James Craig.

The Chief says he’s gone through a lot in his career.

“I’ve been through an earthquake of 92. I’ve been through civil unrest both of them in Los Angeles,” said Chief Craig.

But he’s never had to deal with anything quite like the convid 19 virus outbreak. With that being said - the department will be practicing a certain set of measures to makes sure everything’s sanitized.

“We’re reminding our people of the importance of keeping your hands clean,” said Chief Craig.

Especially in one of the areas that sees a high rate of traffic, the back of police cars.

“The inside of these police cars need to be disinfected every couple of hours with wipes. Why is that important? Because these cars are in service 24 hours / 7 days a week,” said the Chief.

The force may be practicing social distancing - but not to the point where they’re afraid to take a person down if needed.

“They’re brave. They’re committed to making this a safe city. We don’t get to stay home and telecommute,” added the Chief.

“We want to do everything we can to really reduce the spread of this virus,” concluded Chief Craig.

Local 4 has also been told that there are several major stings and operations that will still take place throughout the city.

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated 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 spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

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:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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