Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Even with vaccine distribution well underway in NJ, the threat from COVID-19 is ongoing. Taking daily preventative actions is still key in helping to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Explore the information and links below to learn more.
(Homepage coronavirus photo provided by CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS)
- There are several vaccines available for COVID-19. Vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 illness, especially severe illness and death.
- Need to book a vaccine? Click on the link for the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub’s Vaccine Appointment Finder here.
- 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 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 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.
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