Coronavirus Disease 2019

Remain 6 feet of social distance to avoid respiratory droplets as seen in this graphic.

Covid-19 is in the news every day. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have given us guidelines to keep us healthy.

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact inside your home with people who are sick
  • Avoid  close contact outside of your home by putting 6 feet of distance (2 arms’ length) between yourself and others
    • Asymptomatic people can spread the virus
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • Even if you don’t feel sick, you could spread the virus to others
    • The cloth face cover is meant to keep other people from getting sick if you are infected
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. *Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
    • Click here to see how to wash and care for your cloth face mask.
  • As always, cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Monitor your health daily
    • Be alert for symptoms
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • 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.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop
    • Stay home and avoid contact with other people and traveling

Click here to read the guidelines from the CDC regarding how to care for yourself or someone else who is sick.