News from Representative Carson

February 28, 2020 

Dear Friend,

The outbreak of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, presents an unprecedented global public health emergency. Patients with COVID-19 had a mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.


As of today, they are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, and no one in the state is suspected of being infected at this time.  

All Hoosiers, and all Americans, should not panic, but be vigilant and practice common-sense preventive measures. Here are some simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you're sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

These measures can go very far in preventing COVID-19, but this virus could still spread. Fortunately, the vast majority of people recover from the illness, but we must be prepared for daily life to change should an outbreak occur here in the U.S.

That's why I'm urging President Trump, and other federal, state and local officials, to take this threat seriously, and ensure our public health infrastructure is strong, well-funded and efficient. I'll continue working hard in Congress to support key public health agencies and programs, and to safeguard Americans' health care, so they can better protect themselves from COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

For more details on COVID-19, visit

Your Friend,


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