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About the Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has spread from person-to-person worldwide, including here in the United States. 

Currently, COVID-19 is believed to spread when people come into contact with droplets from the nose or mouth of someone with COVID-19. Other people then touch infected surfaces, then their face putting them at risk for catching COVID-19.

This is why it's important to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
These symptoms can include: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Unexplained diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell   

Who is Most At-Risk? 

Based on the information we have at this time, we know that people with certain conditions or health concerns have an increased risk of more severe illness after being exposed to the virus than other members of the general population.