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What is COVID-19?

  • Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a novel strain of coronavirus that causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal.

  • COVID-19 is only the third strain of coronavirus known to frequently cause severe symptoms in humans.  The other two are MERS and SARS.

  • Symptoms include:

    •  Fever

    •  Cough

    •  Shortness of Breath

    •  Fatigue

    •  Chills

    •  Muscle pain

    •  Headache

    •  Sore Throat

    •  New loss of taste or smell


How do people get COVID-19?

  •  COVID-19 is spread primarily through droplets, person to person.  Between people who are in close contact with one another(within 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

What should I do to prevent getting infected with COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  •  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

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

  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.

  • Keep distance between yourself and other people. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  If surfaces are dirty, clean them with soap and water prior to disinfection.  Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.


What is a community-wide spread?

  • Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.


Can I get sick with COVID-19 if it is on food?

  • Based on information about this novel coronavirus thus far, it seems unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food- additional investigation is needed.

How is COVID-19 treated?

  • There is no specific medication that cures COVID-19 but we do have vaccines available that prevents serious illness from the disease.

  • Treatment of a COVID-19 patient is supportive and currently, no antiviral medication is recommended to treat COVID-19.  Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms and may include pain relievers, cough syrup or medication, rest, and fluids.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

  • Information about coronavirus disease can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: 


*Information provided by the CDC

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