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Houston show choir leads message of togetherness during coronavirus pandemic

The Houston Show Choir sings us through a slideshow of happiness. Even when apart, Houston is still together.

HOUSTON — With the help of the Houston Show Choir's Artistic Director, Jen Young, we wrap the fourth week of working from home with a little love.

Our days are definitely different. We know that. In spite of separation, there's still genuine connection. From celebrating birthdays, babies, and weddings in quarantine, if there's a will, Houston will always find a way. 

Families are using Zoom to connect and compete in a virtual game night. Super heroes are walking among us, and whether it's the power of prayer or inspiration written in chalk, hope is always just around the corner.

We've traded technology for time with those who matter most. 

We are donating, sharing and giving our talents to help save lives. Kids are in awe of their healthcare-working parents, and even in a pandemic, you can't mask our effort to stay strong and positive. 

We will get through this together. We just have to stay apart for a little longer. 

To learn more about the Houston Show Choir, click here. 

To make a donation and support the Houston Show Choir, click here.

KHOU Reporter Melissa Correa put a call out for photos on Nextdoor. If you'd like to be included in calls to participate in TV stories, be sure to follow Melissa on Nextdoor. 

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also have nausea, body aches, headaches and stomach issues. Losing your sense of taste and/or smell can also be an early warning sign.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for becoming seriously ill. However, U.S. experts are seeing a significant number of younger people being hospitalized, including some in ICU.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Follow social distancing

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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