COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus strain that has not been seen in humans until the initial cases of 2019.
What does COVID-19 stand for?
CO – Corona
VI – Virus
D – Disease
19 – 2019
How does it spread?
COVID-19 is spread from person to person. It is thought the most common ways it is spread is through respiratory droplets from an infected person coughing, sneezing, singing talking or just breathing. These respiratory droplets are then inhaled through the nose or mouth infecting another individual that is within range.
What are symptoms of COVID-19?
Remember not everyone experiences all of these symptoms at one time. You may have only a few symptoms, one or even none at all but still have COVID-19. Many people may also experience symptoms that aren’t common for other individuals as well. Be vigilant and pay attention to your body and your symptoms if you believe you have been exposed.
- Fever and Chills
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste/smell
- Congestion and runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What should I do if I think I’ve been exposed?
If you think you’ve been exposed you should self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes family members in the residing household. If only one family member has contracted COVID-19, try to keep them in one area of the house as much as possible to prevent others or yourself from getting sick. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of respiratory distress as this can be a sign of severe complications.