COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This pandemic started in China, but has now spread to many countries, including the United States.
Facts about COVID-19
For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness.
Recommendations for care from the CDC
1. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
2. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
3. Get rest and stay hydrated.
4. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
5. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
6. Cover your cough and sneezes.
7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
8. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a face mask.
9. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding
10. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
Description Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020