What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly identified coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This novel coronavirus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, such as the common cold. While some patients with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, others may experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe respiratory illness, with the potential of developing serious or critical complications.

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What Are The Symptoms?

According to the 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.


Experiencing a high fever? Make an appointment with your provider to see if you might be at risk for the Coronavirus.


A persistent moderate or severe cough is another symptom to monitor closely.

Shortness of Breath

Tightness in your chest or having difficulty breathing? Contact a medical professional immediately.

How Does It Spread?

According to the CDC, The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Human Interactions

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is recommended to stay 6 feet apart from one another.

Respiratory Droplets

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Surfaces or Objects

Touching surfaces or objects that have been contaminated by a person with coronavirus and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes may spread the virus.

How To Protect Yourself and Others

What to Do

Clean Your Hands Regularly

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Sneeze Into Your Elbow

Coughing or sneezing into your elbow catches the droplets and stops them from getting onto your hands.

Use paper tissues

Put any used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately. Then wash your hands thoroughly. Then dry.

Work from home if possible

Work from home to limit exposure to the virus.

What to Avoid

Shake hands

Avoid shaking hands to transferring different microbes like viruses and bacteria from one person to another.

Going Out Door With A Cold

Avoid going out with a cold, stay home until you are all recovered.

Crowded Areas

You are at higher risk of contacting COVID-19 at crowded places.

Keep your Distance

Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself & anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Contact Your Health Care Provider for Medical Interventions

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