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What is coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread between people. COVID-19 is a new strain of the virus that was first identified in a disease outbreak in Wuhan, China.


How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus originated in animals, and has now infected humans. The virus is spread between people in close contact through respiratory droplets, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. In addition, COVID-19 may also spread by touching surfaces or objects infected by the virus.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Those experiencing COVID-19 may have symptoms of mild to severe respiratory illness, including:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

Currently,​ there are no treatments or vaccines to protect against COVID-19.

What can I do to prevent myself from getting COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    • If using sanitizer, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and/or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid large social events.

  • If you are currently sick:

    • Stay home.

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm.

    • Continually clean and disinfect areas you frequent.

For Older Adults:




Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.

Information gathered from the Center for Disease Control. Please visit for more information.

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