COVID19 Health Information

What you need to know about Coronavirus and prevention

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About the Virus

Coronavirus is a new disease and we are still learning how it may spread, the severity of illness it can cause, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. However, what we do know is Coronavirus is a severe acute respiratory virus that is spread between people in a similar way to the flu, via respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Recommended preventative measures include

  • Hand washing 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
  • Maintaining distance from people who are sick
  • Monitoring and self-isolation (home isolation) for 14 days for individuals who suspect they are infected
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • 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


What to do if you are sick

  • Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread 
  • Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact
  • Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for Coronavirus

Information obtained from USA Health