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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, is a novel (new) disease that has not yet been previously seen in humans. It was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. This respiratory illness is different from the coronaviruses that commonly spread among humans.

About This Condition

Understanding COVID-19

How easily does the disease spread?

COVID-19 is a new disease, and scientists are still learning about it, including the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the U.S. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

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

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is believed to spread like other respiratory illnesses:

  • Through person-to-person contact within 6 feet.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced by a cough or sneeze.
  • By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Mild to severe symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Note: 80 percent of patients experience mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard tissue in the trash.
  • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are sick, stay at home.
Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick. Cover your cough.

Who should seek medical treatment?

Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu.

If you are experiencing symptoms AND have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 OR have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Screening

How Do You Screen For The Coronavirus?

Have you been in contact with someone who is/was sick?

Have you traveled internationally in the last month?

Do you have any of the following symptoms*?

*Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.


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