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:
- 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.