According to the CDC, COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches an infected surface/source then touching their own mucus membranes (eyes, nose, mouth).
Take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you’re feeling sick, stay home and contact your medical provider.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, especially those in shared areas.
- Create a household plan in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community, including:
- Maintain a two-week supply of medications, food and other essentials.
- Establish ways to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers.
- Establish alternative plans for work, childcare, or canceled events.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Most at risk are older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
If you are sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19:
- Stay home and do not leave except to get medical care
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the operator that you have symptoms of COVID-19
- Call your doctor before you get medical care
- Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently
- Wear a facemask in public
- Avoid public areas, limit contact with others, including pets and animals
Additional information can be found here.