COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SURVIVAL GUIDE
The COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, has been declared an international health pandemic by the World Health Organization. Please use this site as a resource for information & updates on the virus and tools for you & your family in the event your are quarantined or must shelter-in-place.
If You Think You or Someone Else Is Infected
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please do NOT show up unannounced to an Emergency Room or health care facility.
CALL THE STATE CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE FIRST
Contact your Primary Care Doctor care doctor, urgent care clinic, or your local federal health center.
What is Coronavirus?
View the chart above to see common symptoms and their frequency and contact doctors at the numbers below if you believe you or someone you know is infected.
Not everyone who contracts Coronavirus will develop a fever. Digestive problems like loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea are less common but often are the first signs of a viral infection. Some have reported a loss of the sense of smell (anosmia) as an early symptom.
Tips to Avoid Contracting COVID-19
• PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
COVID-19 Coronavirus is spread through coughing, sneezing or close contact with other people. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "Social Distancing" is the practice of purposefully reducing close contact between yourself and others. This means avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people but also maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more from other people when possible; including greeting people with a nod or a wave as opposed to shaking hands or giving someone a pound/dap.
• WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY WITH SOAP & WATER
According CDC, soap & water are more effective at killing germs than hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can be used in addition to soap & water or when soap & water are not available.
• AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH WITH UNWASHED HANDS
Advise from Dr. Mom
According to Blair, COVID-19 is likely to be less severe in children and those that take care of children (parents, teachers, pediatricians) because they have been exposed to similar viruses over the years.
However, this can also make children "vectors of infection" — those most likely to spread the virus. Dr. Fiona also warns those with seasonal allergies to begin taking their medications now — even if you ha have not started experiencing symptoms — because the COVID-19 Coronavirus can mimic or hide behind allergy or asthma symptoms.
TEACHING CHILDREN AT HOME WHILE SCHOOL IS CANCELED
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START GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD FOR $50
South Fulton Farmer Willie Miller of Miller City Farms is explains how, in the event of an extended lockdown, you can grow your food in the backyard.
Here are just a few local Facebook pages & groups that frequently post helpful information on how to grow your own food and how to support the local "Urban Ag" movement.
MORE ON CORONAVIRUS
These markets were created in the 1970s when 1 billion Chinese were starving. Millions of people in rural China live on less than $2 per day.
"I’m sure the people in those markets would love to buy their snakes & bats in a perfect-looking Whole Foods, where everything is butchered in a sterile environment just like we in America can buy our chitterlings & escargot (snails). Poverty anywhere is a threat to public health everywhere." wrote Councilman khalid in a March Facebook post.
The virus can spread rapidly because those infected may not display any symptoms for 2 weeks. The virus also seems able to live on hard surfaces for several days. This is why the number of infections & deaths related to COVID-19 increases and decreases at such a rapid rate. When those who are possibly infected are not quarantined, the virus spreads undetected. Masses of people can be infected before anyone begins showing signs of infection.
It is for these reasons that City of South Fulton officials declared a State of Emergency Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The goal of the evening curfew, just like the closing of schools, is to limit unnecessary movement of people to slow the spread of the virus. "There is a shortage of tests and medical supplies to respond to this virus nationwide, and even more so here in the City of South Fulton, where we do not have a single hospital." explains Councilman khalid. "We are doing everything we can to 'flatten the curve' of infections before they begin."
Encouraging News, But Stay Vigilant Scientists Say
A study of 2,173 patients with COVID-19 in three hospitals in the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, and Wuhan, where the outbreak is thought to have started late last year, have shown those with Type O blood may be less susceptible to COVID-19 while those with Type A blood may be more susceptible. These are preliminary findings that have not yet been peer-reviewed and double-confirmed by scientists elsewhere.
Type O, the world's oldest blood type, is most commonly found in people of African descent. This has led to the urban myth that Black people cannot contract Coronavirus. Gao Yingdai, a researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology in Tianjin, says the the study "may be helpful to medical professionals, but ordinary citizens should not take the statistics too seriously. If you are type A, there is no need to panic. If you are type O, it does not mean you are absolutely safe, either."
Taking these steps will stop the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 epidemic began in China in December 2019. On March 19, 2020 China stopped reporting new cases.
City of South Fulton Issues Evening Curfew, 9PM-7PM
Tuesday, March 17 — In response to the growing COVID-19 epidemic, South Fulton's City Council voted to declare a State of Emergency and instituted a citywide, evening curfew from 9PM to 7AM.
"The purpose of this curfew is not to declare martial law but to try and contain the spread of a deadly virus." explained South Fulton Councilman khalid in a video he released Friday (above). South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows says SFPD will focus its resources on getting businesses to comply with the curfew first. "If there is nowhere to go after 9PM, people shouldn't have a problem staying home," he says.
Under the State of Emergency:
Police, Code Enforcement, Fire/EMT and other essential city personnel are still working full time.
While South Fulton has not yet ordered restaurants to close their dining rooms, ordering carryout is encouraged.
Exceptions to the evening curfew include:
Walmart Old National and Walmart Cascade will have special, Senior-only Pharmacy & shopping hours from 6AM-7AM, as those over 60 are more susceptible to serious illness from a Coronavirus infection.
Current South Fulton City & County Closures
Updated Thursday, March 19 at 2:00 PM EST
City (Municipal) Court
City Court is closed until April 1. If you have not received a Notice of Rescheduling of your hearing, or have other questions about you Court Date, please contact the Clerk of Municipal Court.
Magistrate & Probate County Courts
Currently, Fulton County Courts have suspended all Civil (Non-Criminal) Court until April 15, which may be extended to the end of the month.
Contact your court to officer to confirm if your Court Date has been rescheduled.
Parks & Recreation
City Park buildings are closed & all Park programming is canceled.
Tony Phillips, Parks Director
Email Tony Phillips
Permitting, Planning & Zoning
Non-essential city services like building permits and zoning provided by our Community Development & Regulatory Affairs (CDRA) department are on hold until on or around April 1 as the city officials configure connectivity and telework options for non-essential city staff who are all working from home.
Shayla Reed, Director
Email Shayla Reed
CODE ENFORCEMENT, which helps maintain public health standards, is still very much active.
More Helpful Numbers
Keith Meadow, Chief
Email Chief Meadows
Non Emergencies: (470) 809-7300
Chief Freddie Broom
Email Chief Broome
Odie Donald II
Email City Manager
Jamila Criss, Assistant
Email Jamila Criss
More numbers & information can be found on our CONTACT page.
"SHELTER-IN-PLACE" QUARANTINE ESSENTIALS
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "SHELTER-IN-PLACE?"
San Francisco and other cities are beginning to issue government orders to shelter-in-place order in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. "Shelter-In-Place" is actually a military term. If this order is given by the Mayor, Governor or President, residents in your area will be ordered to stay in your home until the order is lifted. Should such orders be given here, the police or national guard may be deployed to enforce the order AND to help deliver necessities and services to citizens quarantined in their homes.
Shelter-In-Place/Stay At Home orders almost always include exceptions for those going out for food or medical supplies.
CURFEW vs. SHELTER-IN-PLACE
THE CITY OF SOUTH FULTON DOES NOT HAVE A "SHELTER IN PLACE" ORDER.
At this time, South Fulton residents are free to move about the city during daylight hours. The City of South Fulton has issued a curfew after dark (9PM to 7AM) for everyone except those traveling to-and-from work, medical facilities, pharmacies and essential local or federal officials.
If the City Curfew is escalated to a full Shelter-In-Place/Stay At Home order, here are a few things you may want have ready ahead of time.
IF ELECTRICITY OR INTERNET GOES OUT
You Drone Can be a Helpful Survival Tool. In some emergency situations, your normal routes of travel may be inaccessible. Most drones can fly up to 2 miles away and transmit arial footage of the area around you.
CREATE A "GO" BAG
Just as an expecting mother would, prepare a "Go Bag" with the medical items (above) and some other items in the event that you or a family member are diagnosed and must be moved to a hospital or medical facility.
For those who wish to be over-prepared for any emergency may want to review this check list prepared by Muhammad Farms. Many such Survival Checklists and guides can be found online.