Stay Up-to-date on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also 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 eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the COVID-19 symptoms?

Mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

How can you protect yourself?

You can help protect yourself with everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: 

  • Stay home when you're sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 


Is there a vaccine or treatment?

There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. 

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control