What is COVID-19 ? COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is caused by a virus called SARS-COV-2.
How is it spread? A person can become infected with COVID-19 when droplets from a person infected with the virus sneezes or coughs. These droplets remain in the air and can be inhaled by others.
How can I protect myself? The best way to protect yourself from being infected with this virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. That means washing our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds frequently, avoiding close contact with others, covering our mouths and nose with a face cover such as a face mask or a bandana, cover coughs and sneezes, and disinfect the surfaces in your home with soap and water or disinfectant.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-14 days after coming in contact with the virus. Some mild symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, sore throat, nausea, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell.
When should I seek immediate medical attention? If you or someone you know have any of the symptoms listed :
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
Please 911 or your local emergency facility. You should notify them that you or someone is seeking care for someone that may have COVID-19.
If you would like to learn more, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.