I know Doc sent out an email yesterday with FAQs regarding the Coronavirus. Please take the time to read that note and ask questions if you have them.
From the Command perspective, we are taking a hard look at events in March and will be cancelling large gatherings to limit our group exposure risks and give us maximum "social distancing."
As of this morning, we have NO ACU-5 Sailors who have tested positive for nCoV. The best way to ensure we stay healthy is to continue to practice good personal and work-place hygiene by washing your hands frequently and keeping your work space clean and sanitized. I have enclosed a flyer from the CDC that reinforces best practices.
On the good news front; by the nature of being fit (fairly young) military service members, none of us are in the High Risk category, so even if we get the virus, we should be able to bounce back quickly. Additionally, being members of the US Navy, we all have access to world-class health care that is FREE, so if you are worried about your health, please get seen by a health care professional.
Unlike some of our neighbors in the local community, we will continue to receive a paycheck even if we are SIQ or staying home to recover. If you are anxious about financial concerns relating to nCoV, please talk to your Chain of Command and we will get you help. There are many organizations that serve the Military Community and can offer short-term financial assistance.
I recognize there is a lot of media buzz regarding this virus and it can be overwhelming at times. Please remember that by taking care of ourselves, our Shipmates, and our Families, we will all get through this.
CAPT Chris Nelson, USN
Assault Craft Unit FIVE