What is COVID-19?
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include: the common cold, SARS and MERS
- COVID-19 is the name of a new respiratory coronavirus that has been making people sick
- COVID-19 is different than the flu virus
- It only began circulating in humans in December of 2019
Why the concern?
- COVID-19 is a new virus that has never been seen before
- It has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia
- It is unknown how many people will get sick or how severe the illness will be
- A person may be infectious before becoming symptomatic (showing symptoms) and can pass the virus to others without knowing
- There is potential for the U.S. healthcare system to become overwhelmed with patients
- There may not be enough medical supplies/facilities to care for everyone infected
What are the symptoms?
- COVID-19 symptoms are flu like:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- COVID-19 illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death in some cases
- Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure
Who does it affect?
- Anyone and everyone!
- COVID-19 doesn’t target people from specific populations, ethnicity, or racial backgrounds
- Some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19:
- Older adults
- Those with serious medical conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease
How does it spread?
- An infected person coughs or sneezes releasing respiratory droplets into the air
- Between people who are in close contact, within about six-feet of an ill person
- When someone touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands
- Based on the patterns of other coronaviruses- it has been suggested COVID-19 can survive on surfaces from hours to weeks (depending on humidity and temperature)
How many people have COVID-19?
- Data on the number of cases changes every day. Click on the links below for current information:
What do you do if you have symptoms?
- STAY HOME
- Call your healthcare provider immediately if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you’ve recently traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread
- If you do not have a healthcare provider, call your local urgent care or emergency room. DO NOT SHOW UP
- Separate yourself from people and pets in your home
- Wear a face mask when you must be around people
- Monitor your symptoms, take your temperature regularly and note any changes
How do you prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds under soap and water
- Use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol between hand washing or if soap and water aren’t available
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
- Use 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol
- Take extra measures to reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus by practicing SOCIAL DISTANCING
- stay home as much as possible
- avoid close contact (within 6 feet) of others
How is Public Health responding?
- Airports are monitoring travelers and may ask travelers to quarantine based on their travel history
- State and local Public Health Officials are putting orders in place to prevent COVID-19 spread
- Cancelling/postponing public gatherings
- Temporarily closing restaurants, bars, theaters, schools etc
- Quarantining or Isolating individuals or groups
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