Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (COVID19) is a disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged from China in winter of 2019 – hence the name COVID-19. It is in the same family of SARS illnesses or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome similar to the influenza and H1N1 and MERS. The differences between most of these respiratory ailments is found in the type of symptoms as well as how contagious the disease has become.

Covid-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can travel as much as 6 feet through a cough or sneeze. Once airborne, they can enter another person through an unprotected mouth or nose finding their way into the lungs and potentially causing infection.

Although Coronavirus is NOT NEW, COVID-19 is a new strain that has recently become a pandemic throughout the world. While information is growing as we learn more, this page has been created from CDC posted data as recent as June 2020.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Covid-19 may range from mild to severe and vary widely. Symptoms can take anywhere from 2-14 days to appear following exposure.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Seek Further Care

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face

Protection/Prevention

  • Reduce unnecessary contact

  • Social distance – maintain reasonable spacing when in close crowds

  • Wear face covering when in public places

  • Wash your hands – OFTEN

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick – even inside your home.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

  • Be aware of your own health

Testing

There are two types of testing currently available:

  • Viral tests – test for current infection

  • Antibody tests – test for past infection

 

Contact your healthcare facility to see what type of testing they offer and what the steps are if you SUSPECT you may have COVID-19 or any type of respiratory illness.

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