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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

"COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States." - CDC

What You Should Know...

How it's Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people in close contact (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Take steps to protect yourself:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others:

  1. Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care when appropriate.

  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  3. Wear a facemask if you are sick

  4. Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Click here for "What to do if you are sick?"

Content source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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