Make-A-Wish of Michigan needs your help to encourage children

Trips postponed

DETROIT – Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Make-A-Wish of Michigan needs help encouraging children whose wishes must be put on hold.

More than 100 families who had travel wishes now must wait.

“Not canceled because we are committed to making these children’s wishes come true," said Karen Davis, the president and CEO of Make-a-Wish in Michigan.

The Pulkuvski family is one of the families whose trip is postponed.

Sophia and Hope Pulkuvski have cystic fibrosis, a genetic respiratory and digestive disease. The girls are waiting to go to Disney World. Sophia got her wish to go in 2017, and Hope’s wish was coming up.

“They got to be kids without any worries,” their father, Bill, said. “I would love for her to not worry, not worry so much on her treatments and said enjoy the magical place that is Disney.”

To send words of encouragement to children waiting for their wishes, post them to social media and tag @makeawish and makeawishmi with the hashtag #wishesarewaiting.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

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  • 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?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

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.
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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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