What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Learn the signs and symptoms, how to reduce your risk and what to do if you're sick.

What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, is a contagious disease that causes respiratory illness and can be spread just like the common cold or the flu.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains

If you have mild symptoms and are otherwise healthy, self-isolate and contact your medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor and seek medical attention right away.

Visit the CDC for more information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing or to use their free symptom checker.

Habits to Protect Yourself and Others From Illness

If you don’t have symptoms, you can you still spread COVID-19 to others. Many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning you can be a carrier but show no symptoms.

Protect yourself and others from illness with these simple preventive measures:

  • Follow the guidelines set by local and national authorities.
  • Wash your hands often — and for at least 20 seconds — with soap and water. An alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help in the absence of soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home and limit contact with others if you're not feeling well.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as television remotes, mobile phones, earphones, desk surfaces and your computer mouse, door handles and knobs.
  • Focus on daily self-care habits to support a healthy immune system. Eat a balanced diet, get adequate sleep, maintain an exercise routine, manage stress and minimize alcohol consumption.

Additional COVID-19 Resources and Information

There is new information coming out daily about COVID-19. Avoid unverified news sites or social media and stay up to date with trusted resources, such as:





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