Coronavirus Crisis Updates

Greetings from London
Dr. Olivia Dudek, a Polish American from Minnesota, dons protective headgear at Queens Hospital in London. She is treating coronavirus patients. Learn more in the new issue of PolAm, mailing soon to all PACIM members.

All PACIM scholarship application deadlines are extended until July 31.

Message from PACIM President, Dr. Pawel Mroz

Dear PACIM Members,

As you may be aware there is an ongoing outbreak of the respiratory disease that was recently given the name of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19). Cases of COVID-19 are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. The number of positive tests among Minnesota residents according to the Minnesota Department of Health is 5 (as of March 11th 2020). COVID-19 is serious but should not cause panic.

According to the CDC 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.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

In the best interests of PACIM members and after careful consideration the Board of Directors decided to cancel all PACIM events until further notice.

We wish that all PACIM members stay safe and healthy.

President of PACIM,
Pawel Mroz, MD, Ph.D.

Self-care best practices

Wash hands frequently, using antiseptic foam or gel or clean running water with soap. Lather hands and scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth.
Avoid customary greetings that require physical contact such as hand shaking.
Cough or sneeze into the elbow, not hands.
Stay home when you’re sick and avoid contact with sick persons outside work.
Limit in person meetings when possible.
Avoid group activities that would cause a large group of people to have close contact (less than 6 feet apart).

Additional information can be found at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/