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.

Protect yourself


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 

  • Get vaccinated

  • 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:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Trouble breathing

  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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:

  • Older adults

  • Pregnant patients

  • People with certain medical conditions

If you fall into the above categories or have questions, speak with your healthcare provider.