Questions & Answers
What is COVID-19?
- The 2019 novel coronavirus infection, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory infection caused by a virus (new name of the virus is “SARS-CoV-2”)
- Coronaviruses are common. In fact, many ordinary colds are caused by coronavirus.
- COVID-19, identified in Wuhan, China in 2019.
- COVID-19 is actively being studied – transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.
How can I protect myself?
- Wear a face mask.
- Protect yourself from COVID-19 in the same manner as you would avoid getting the cold or flu.
- Adhere to social distancing – stay 6 feet away from other people.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What if I develop symptoms?
- Common symptoms of COVID-19 can include high fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- If you have symptoms and are at high risk, call your health care provider(s) immediately.
- Tell them about your symptoms and recent travel before visiting your doctor’s office or health care facility in person. This will give your provider enough time to put infection prevention and control measures in place before your arrival.
- Self quarantine. Don’t interact with others in your household or in public. Do not travel, use public transportation, and avoid all contact with anyone.
Adapted from: CDC and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases