Coronavirus Disease 2019

 

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19):

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If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

  • Stay home if possible.

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).

  • Keep away from people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Stock up on supplies.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.

  • Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911