What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019
Mar 3, 2020
How does COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms of infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and in severe cases, pneumonia.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces (doorknobs, communal office equipment, countertops) with
disinfectant cleaning spray or wipes.
• Stay home if you are sick.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.