How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 is spread in more than one way, it can be spread from person to person via close contact with one another. This is usually spread from droplets in the air that come from when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus can also be spread by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes nose or mouth.
Preventing the Spread
In order to help prevent the spread of the virus please use the following practices:
- Stay 6-feet apart from others and socially distance whenever possible.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when in public especially when in public buildings.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Monitor your health and watch for symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-1