What You Need To Know About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Every day we’re hearing more about the spread of the coronavirus disease . It has been found in a number of countries, as well as in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling it a global health threat.

What are the signs of COVID-19?
Symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. They may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Feeling unwell or very run down or tired

Who has a greater chance of getting very sick from COVID-19?
People who could get seriously sick from COVID-19 include:

  • Anyone over age 60
  • People with severe long-term heart, lung or kidney problems

For more information, visit the CDC’s website.

Who should I call if I think I’m infected or someone I know is infected?
Call your primary care doctor or your local health department.

Where do I get the test?
If your doctor thinks you may have COVID-19, they will work with the CDC or your local health department to get you tested. Currently, the only test in the United States comes from the CDC.

How do I keep from catching COVID-19?
There’s still a lot to learn about the new virus, including how it spreads from person to person. But here are some general rules from WHO on how to protect yourself.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away.
  • Stay away from anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Don’t share cups or utensils with people who are sick.
  • If you have a fever or cough, call your primary doctor right away.
  • Don’t eat raw or under-cooked animal products.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.
  • If you’re planning to travel, stay up to date on the CDC’s travel warnings.