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CDC Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Watch: learn how to protect yourself and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Watch: learn how to protect yourself and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


What is COVID-19?

  • A respiratory illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs
  • It spreads quickly from person-to-person

How do I catch it?

  • Mainly through contact with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes in close contact (within about 6 feet)
  • These droplets can land in your mouth or nose and possibly be inhaled into the lungs
  • Possibly by touching a surface that has been touched by someone who has the virus, and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

What can I do to stop the spread?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid using public transportation when you are sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow
  • Keep surfaces clean
  • People who are sick should stay home

Who is more susceptible to complications from the virus?

  • Older adults.
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease