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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, according to the CDC the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to spread from person to person when people come into contact with droplets from the nose or mouth of someone with 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 or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell   
  • Congested or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue

Who is Most At-Risk? 

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. 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.

When Should You Get Emergency Medical Attention?

Call 911 or your local emergency facility before you arrive. Tell the operator that you are calling for someone who has or may have COVID-19 and needs immediate care.

You should seek emergency medical attention If symptoms become more severe, such as:

  • Lips or face turn bluish
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Having difficulty or inability to wake or stay awake

Call 911 or your local emergency facility before you arrive. Tell the operator on the phone that you are calling for someone who has or may have COVID-19 and needs emergency care.