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About COVID-19

What is COVID-19:

 

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus first appeared in Wuhan, China. 

 

Symptoms:

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
*Symptoms may appear within 2-14 days of exposure.

 

Who is at higher risk:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

 

Prevention: 

 

COVID-19 is transmitted through person to person contact and can be spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

We encourage parents to emphasize and stress the importance of the following steps to help prevent illness and the spread of germs:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Click for proper hand washing techniques.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Parents can learn more about COVID-19 by (CLICKING HERE).