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COVID-19 Helpful Information

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. It has spread to many countries around the world.

COVID-19 can spread from person to person. This usually happens through respiratory droplets - when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, and you breathe it in. Most often, you need to be close to the person (within 6 feet) for it to spread this way. It might be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. But this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

COVID-19 can cause respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe or even deadly. The symptoms usually start between 2 to 14 days after you get infected. They include

Many of the people who have a COVID-19 infection have pneumonia in both lungs.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Situation Summary for the most current information on the number of cases, where they are located, and the risk to the community.

There is a test for COVID-19. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Medical care can help to relieve the symptoms.

There no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But you may able to reduce your risk of getting or spreading an infection by.

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe to clean and disinfecting surfaces that you frequently touch. EPA Approved List.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.
  • Staying home when sicK.

-All information provided by National Institute of Health and Medline Plus

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE