Helpful Information Regarding COVID-19
How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads
When the coronavirus spreads person-to-person, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes it happens mainly through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For confirmed COVID-19 infections, the illness ranges from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If ill with these symptoms. go to a hospital emergency room or call the state health department.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. CDC always recommends these actions to help prevent the spread of the virus, including:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- stay home when you are sick.
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaners as the virus may live on surfaces.
- the CDC does not recommend wearing a mask if you are well.
- Avoid shaking hands
CHAP Abstracted from CDC.gov information Feb 29, 2020