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What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. For more information click here to view the CDC’s COVID-19 informational pdf.
Watch for Symptoms (CDC)
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
What is Social Distancing? Why is it Important?
The COVID-19 virus primarily spreads when one person breathes in droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. An infected person could spread the virus by touching a surface. The coronavirus could remain on that surface and someone else could touch it and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes.
Social distancing is actions taken to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. It means maintaining enough distance (6 feet or more) between yourself and another person to avoid spreading the virus. School closures, directives to work from home, library closings, and cancelling meetings and larger events help enforce social distancing at a community level.
Slowing down the rate and number of new coronavirus infections is critical to not overwhelming hospitals, which could lead to large numbers of critically ill patients not receiving life-saving care. Projections show that unless we begin extreme social distancing now our hospitals and healthcare facilities will not be able to handle the influx of patients. (Harvard Medical School Coronavirus Resource Center)
Six Steps to Prevent COVID-19
If You or Someone In Your House is Sick:
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