What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause some people to get much sicker. In a small number of people, it can lead to death. Older adults and people with serious health problems are at a higher risk.
The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19, is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
You can take the following steps:
Anyone over age 2 should wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth
Stay six feet away from others
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
Wash your hands often
Cover cough and sneezes
Clean and disinfect
Monitor your health
Symptoms and diagnosis
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms may include:
Chills or repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell
How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
COVID-19 is diagnosed with a viral test which looks for the virus in your nose, mouth, and lungs.
People at increased risk
Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill. These include:
People with certain medical conditions
If you fall into the above categories or have questions, speak with your healthcare provider.