The information provided in this Coronavirus or COVID-19 advisory is intended to ensure that we are taking all measures recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, to protect ourselves, our families and our wider communities.

All information related to COVID-19 is listed below.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 9:15:15 p.m. ET


Update on Jamatkhana, REC, and ECD Closures

Due to ongoing concerns around health, safety and physical distancing requirements, all Jamatkhanas and RE and ECD centers will remain closed through June 15, 2020. The Jamati institutions are continuing to closely monitor public health updates and information on the Coronavirus pandemic, and will update the Jamat accordingly.


Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities

According to the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus is now a pandemic around the world. However, let us remember that the vast majority of people who become infected with the virus have mild symptoms, recover and are fine. Please do not panic. We should all be concerned, however, about the growing spread of this virus for ourselves and particularly for higher risk groups among us who can suffer serious or life threatening illness due to the virus. These higher risk groups include older age groups (who are generally understood to be those over the age of 60) and those individuals (whether old or not) who have compromised immunity and underlying health conditions.

Routine precautions should be taken by all of us, such as the following:
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible, and avoid touching your face. 
    See video: Hand-washing
  • Clean all surfaces normally touched in the house or car, such as keys, phones, doorknobs, and countertops, with a disinfectant regularly.
    For more information: How to clean and disinfect
  • Avoid close contact with those who are displaying fever, cough, cold or other flu-like symptoms. 
    See video: Prevention
  • If you do not feel well or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Do not go to public places, use public transportation, go to work or entertain visitors, so you can help prevent further spreading of illness. It is also recommended that you consult with your physician for further advice, particularly if you have a fever.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Discard the tissue after each use.
  • Whether in Jamatkhana, at work, weddings or otherwise, offer greetings to others verbally and without physical contact, such as by nodding, smiling, placing your hand over your heart, etc.
  • Avoid large gatherings.  
  • Keep abreast of recommendations and advisories from your local health officials and local school districts.
  • Unnecessary travel should be avoided, if possible. Travel advisories have been issued for several countries. An increasing number of countries are placing travel restrictions to and from their countries. For any international travel, please follow the advice from the CDC and the US Department of State.
    For more information: CDC Travel FAQs
  • If you have travelled to a country with known outbreak of COVID-19, then please consult with your primary care clinician for further recommendations. Recommendations may include a two-week quarantine period. Since these recommendations and the list of countries continues to evolve, it is best to consult your primary care provider for up-to-date recommendations.
  • Children under 2 years of age and adults above 65 should ensure they are current with their pneumonia vaccines.
    For more information: Pneumococcal Vaccine
  • In the interest of overall preparedness in the event of a worsening situation, you should keep enough food, water, and necessary supplies at home to last 2 weeks.
    For more information: CDC personal preparedness

Recommendations for Older Adults

Older adults (generally those over 60 years of age) and individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness from Coronavirus. As such, even if they do not feel sick, the CDC advises that seniors follow these steps:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and avoid public places. This is to avoid being exposed by others who might be sick.
  • Ensure that you have at least 30 days of medications and other supplies, such as food and household necessities, on hand in case there is a need to stay indoors for an extended period of time.

Staying Informed with Credible Sources

We advise against forwarding unverified social media messaging, including text and WhatsApp messages, as they are a common source of misinformation and can create unnecessary anxiety. 

Continue to use credible and reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC)Aga Khan Health Board USA (AKHB) and FOCUS Humanitarian USA for up to date information. Stay connected to the official The.Ismaili USA platforms on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  

For frequently asked questions about COVID-19, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions.
 

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