What You Need To Know
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms most commonly experienced include: fevers, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Developing body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion or diarrhea is also possible. In some cases people who are infected will not exhibit any symptoms, though most people experience a mild form of the disease, similar to a cold or flu virus. Certain groups of people may experience more serious illness, including older people (over the age of 65) and those with a history of medical conditions such as decreased immunity, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. Pregnant women may also be at increased risk for more severe illness due to changes that occur in the immune system while pregnant.
How is COVID-19 spread?
Health officials continue to study the virus to determine how it is spread. Currently there are a few different modes of transmission suggested, based on people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. This includes human to human transmission via respiratory droplets through sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands. The virus can also be spread by contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it, followed by touching one’s own mouth, nose, or eyes.
What should i do if i think i have COVID-19?
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