COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that has a wide ranging effect on different people. You may be infected and experience no symptoms at all (40% or more) or it could be fatal (at or near 1%). The virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the illness (COVID-19) is transmitted through droplets that are spread into the air every time you exhale, talk, sneeze, sing, etc. The more forceful the action, the farther the droplets will travel.
We’ve collected a few resources below, with answers to the most common questions people have. To put it simply, there are strategies everyone can use to prevent the spread of infection and get quick access to diagnostic tests and the appropriate care. We’re here to help.
While no one has all the answers when it comes to the pandemic, health experts across the country agree that vaccination against the virus that causes COVID-19 is the number one strategy for protecting yourself and everyone around you. There are four additional strategies everyone can employ every day to help protect themselves and stop the spread. No one strategy is foolproof, but taken together these simple strategies can be highly effective in stopping the transmission of this and any other virus.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your primary care provider or local health department right away if you are concerned about any new symptoms, including:
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: