Funding the Future is monitoring the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and working in coordination with school officials and public health agencies to ensure the safety of students while attending our presentations. Spring 2020 Financial Literacy Tour dates will be updated on our website as they are rescheduled.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it.
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment and supplies.
What is Funding the Future doing?
It is important to know that during a major outbreak, we will follow the lead of the CDC, health departments and school officials on quarantines, cancellations or other measures needed. Our focus is on how to ensure the safety of students and staff. Funding the Future will comply with public health partners’ recommendations and any additional actions by school officials and school districts.
What can I do to stay healthy?
The current risk to the general public in the United States from this virus is currently considered low. However, just as is recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others through some simple actions. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
If you are healthy:
Get your flu shot, and stay up to date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails.
If you are sick:
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and handrails.
In sharing this information with you, our intent is to provide factual information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and tips on reducing the spread of disease. We will continue to update our website as cancellations or postponements arise, or when more information becomes available. We must work together for the safety and well-being of all, and we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding.
Learn more at CDC.gov.