What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause sicknesses ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The novel or new coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in China and has since spread to a growing number of countries around the world, including the United States.

HOW IS COVID-19 TRANSMITTED/SPREAD?

•    Through respiratory droplets when coughing and 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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

•    Fever
•    Cough
•    Shortness of breath
•    Moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold
•    Can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis

If you have symptoms, please call your doctor’s office or the local health department before visiting a healthcare facility.

What to do if you are sick

Call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. For more steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, click here.

PERSONAL PREVENTION

Please do your part in keeping our community healthy. As health officials learn more about COVID-19, the overall consensus is to be aware, be prepared, stay informed and practice healthy habits and preventable actions.

•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•    Stay home when you are sick.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
•    Follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for using a face mask:

The Center for Disease Control does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).