Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19.
COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. When people infected with the COVID-19 virus breathe out, clear their throats, cough, sneeze, speak, or otherwise move air out through their nose or mouth, droplets of all different sizes, which can contain the virus, are ejected into the air.
You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick by:
COVID-19 diagnostic testing is done to find out if you’re currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019
***Other symptoms are signs of serious illness. If someone has trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, or difficulty staying awake, seek medical care***
Do not go to your physician’s office first, as you could risk infecting others. Instead, call ahead to your physician to discuss appropriate next steps.
Stay home unless you are seeking medical care.
Try to restrict your movement to one area of the house, away from others. Clean and disinfect surfaces.
If you are exhibiting symptoms and do decide to seek help, wear a face mask if available to avoid infecting others.
If you are having trouble breathing and need emergency care, go to the emergency department or call 911.
Even though there is still much to be understood, much like any viral infection, you can implement simple, everyday measures to help prevent the spread of infection to yourself or others.
COVID-19 can look different in every patient.
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