You may be feeling concerned about the coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. If so, you’re not alone.
- What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs.
- What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath — similar to the flu.
- How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread person to person — mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through tiny droplets made when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
- How can I protect myself and my loved ones?
Some people are more vulnerable to the virus, including older adults and people with chronic conditions. But everyone should take steps to protect themselves:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Stay home when you’re sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Wash your hands afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What are the best resources for information regarding COVID-19?
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCA)
Please refer back to this page for the information and resources to help you feel prepared.