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Posted on: March 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The Virus that Causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)



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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. At this time, CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What precautions can I take?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • Get a flu vaccine
  • If you have been prescribed flu antivirals, take as directed
  • Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds, especially:
      • after using the bathroom
      • before eating
      • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least sixty percent (60%) alcohol
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who appear to be sick
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The purpose of a face mask is to prevent droplets from sneezing and coughing from becoming airborne.

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