What you need to know about COVID-19
• Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common in many different species. There are many strains of coronavirus which affect humans, some of which cause mild illness such as the “common cold” and others cause more severe illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that had not caused illness in humans before December 2019.
• The virus spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets in coughs, sneezes, or regular breathing or talking, so close contact of 6 feet or less increases the risk of transmitting the infection.
• Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
• Currently, individuals at risk of infection are people who have recently traveled to China; have close, personal contact with those recent travelers; or have close, personal contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
• The severity of illness can range from mild to severe respiratory difficulty and even death; some individuals may experience no symptoms. Most people recover from the infections, with close to 80% of those infected experiencing mild or moderate symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
• Elderly individuals and people with chronic illnesses have greater risk for severe illness. Examples of such chronic illnesses include cancer, diabetes, heart disease and conditions impacting the immune system’s ability to fight germs.
• Current treatment for the disease, when needed, is supportive care to relieve symptoms. A subset of cases may need to be hospitalized.
• There is a push for rapid vaccine development, but no vaccine is available at this time. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus by taking everyday preventive precautions.
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