COVID-19 dominates our 24-hour news cycle. WHO declared the outbreak as an official pandemic. The president just announced a ban on travel into the US from Europe (the UK excluded). Yesterday, Freeholder Director Robinson announced that no cases of the virus have been reported in Somerset County so far. With all of the frenzy surrounding Coronavirus, it was only a matter of time before thieves found a way to use it to their advantage. Police officials want to warn the public about a Coronavirus scam going around Somerset County right now.
Watch Out for Coronavirus Scam
Recently, Franklin police received reports of people showing up at residents’ houses, representing themselves as CDC workers. In a ploy to gain access inside, they tell the resident that they are conducting a survey about the virus and just want to ask a few questions. While one person “interviews” the resident, the other walks around the house looking for potential things to steal. Beware. This is a scam!
What should you do? First, do not let anyone inside your home that you don’t know or weren’t expecting. Then, call the police on their non-emergency line (908-766-1122).
Facts About COVID-19
To get the real scoop about Coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website. They advise that you wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face, especially after touching any surface in public. Stay away from others who are sick. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve. Throw the tissue away once you finish coughing or sneezing. Then, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right away.
If you’re sick, stay home. The best thing you can do is avoid other people so that you don’t spread the germs further. While the majority of COVID-19 cases end up basically feeling like the flu, you could still be a carrier and infect the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. For them, COVID-19 could be deadly. Wipe down surfaces before you touch them, especially when used by someone other than you.
Bernards Township’s website keeps up-to-date with all the latest COVID-19 information as well. Visit often to stay current with what’s really going on. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wash your hands often.
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