Photo provided by CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Information on transmission and the extent of symptoms is still coming in, but there are actions each person can take today to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Explore the information and links below to learn more.
- There is currently no vaccine for the virus, so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.
- The virus spreads through respiratory droplets, which means it can pass from person-to-person or through contact with contaminated surfaces.
- A key way to protect yourself is to thoroughly Wash Your Hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Also important in prevention is Social Distancing – avoiding close contact with others, especially those who are at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure and can range from mild to severe.
- Main symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
- If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your physician. They’ll direct you on what to do next.
- When sick, stay home, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
- Practice cleanliness, including covering your coughs and sneezes, wearing a face mask when around other people, and avoid sharing personal items.
- Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces daily.
- For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify them that you have or may have COVID-19.
Information adapted from CDC.gov.