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Health and Safety is our top priority at the Fleet Science Center - COVID-19

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March 05, 2020

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals. Currently a new string of Coronavirus (version COVID-19) is a respiratory illness which symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms can be mild to severe and last anywhere from 2-14 days.

How is it spread?

Primary: Person-to-person; close contact with someone who is infected
Secondary: Surfaces or objects; touching the mouth, nose or eyes after contacting the bacteria


What is the Fleet Science Center doing?

As health and safety is always the highest priority at the Fleet, we consistently implement procedures recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of colds and flus throughout the year. In light of the growing concerns over the Coronavirus, the Fleet is increasing the frequency of all of our procedures to maintain a clean & healthy environment.
• Increasing hand sanitizer dispenser stations placed throughout the Fleet Science Center.
• Making more sanitizing wipes available at Front Entrance, Kids City, Studio X, Dome Theater entrance and the Virtual Reality station for users to clean objects and equipment before/after touching.
• Increasing the frequency of our Protexus Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayer to sanitize frequently touched surfaces (exhibitions, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, etc.)
• Ensuring handwashing supplies are well stocked. 

What can you do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Use soap and warm water, lathering for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60-95% alcohol) may be used to supplement but should not be substituted for handwashing when that option is available.
Stay home when you’re sick. Staff and volunteers should stay home when they’re sick. Return to work only once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard it immediately and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, use your elbow or upper sleeve to cover your mouth and nose. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands.
Keep the environment clean. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops, doorknobs, light switches and remote controls. 
For the latest information on Coronavirus visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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