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What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus.

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread 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 is also 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.

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Individuals who are infected with COVID-19 have had a range of severity, from mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms of:

  • Fever

Infants
3 months or younger: 100.4 F (38 C)
3 months to 24 months: 102 F (38.9 C)
Children
2 years to 3 years: 102.5 F (39.2 C)
3 years or older: 103 F
Adults
103 F

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How do you protect yourself from COVID-19?

  • 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 alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water not available
  • Launder items, including washable plush toys, by following the label or instructions.

What to do if YOU are sick?

  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently toughed objects/surfaces

What to do if you have travelled from an area with the spread of COVID-19?

  • Possible restrictions of your movement for up to 2 weeks may be necessary.
  • If you develop or have developed symptoms during your travel (fever, cough, trouble breathing) seek medical advice.
  • Call your healthcare office provider before you go and tell them that you have travelled along with your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with people.
  • Do not go out in public and delay all future travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is no current vaccine to protect against COVID-19.

Is there treatment for COVID-19?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. It is advised to seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

 

 

For more information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19