Coronavirus Disease 2020 (COVID-19)

What is Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus disease is a new type of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. The name of this disease is abbreviated as COVID-19. It is part of the family of viruses that cause the common cold and results in a range of flu-like symptoms.  

Who’s Most at Risk for Contracting COVID-19? 

Certain demographics, including people over 60 and those with underlying health care conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer, have increased susceptibility to developing the disease. However, most people who contract the virus will come down with only a mild case of the illness and will recover.

Tips on Preventing Transmission

  • Avoid close contact with sick people 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with disposable tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs are a quick and effective way to sanitize your hands 

What to Do If You Are Sick

If you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please call your health care provider before going to a clinic or provider’s office. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or another type of medical emergency, please call 911 or seek care at your local emergency department.

Additional Information

For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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