COVID-19

About the Coronavirus

The following information and resources regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of this disease that was first detected in China, which has now been detected in most countries worldwide, including the United States. Reported illnesses caused by COVID-19 have ranged from very mild (including some with no symptoms) to severe, including death. Common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Preventative Actions

COVID-19 is a pandemic. A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.

People at Risk

Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions - like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example - seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Protecting Yourself & Your Family

Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this public health threat. CDC recommends following everyday preventative actions to stay healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you 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.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Face Masks Recommended

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. 

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