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About COVID-19


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. They can cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold; however, some can cause severe illness, like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little-to-no symptoms, to people becoming severely ill and dying.

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Transmission may also occur when a person touches a surface or object that has virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, new information about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.

If you are sick with a respiratory illness, keep from spreading it to others:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, vaping devices or anything that can spread the virus to others.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 other than supportive care for symptoms.

The difference between quarantine and isolation: 

Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

  • If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.
  • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19, stay home until after three days with no fever, symptoms improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, stay home until after 10 days have passed since your positive test. If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.