What is coronovirus disease 2019 (COVID19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is spread from person to person.
  • COVID-19 is caused by a novel virus.
  • A virus is a type of germ that is very, very small and when it gets inside your body it can make you sick. Viruses cause colds, chicken pox, measles, flu, herpes, HIV and other illnesses.
  • Unlike bacteria, illnesses caused by viruses can’t be treated with antibiotics.
  • Some people who are infected with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms at all, while others get very, very sick, and some people with COVID-19 die.
  • Anyone who is infected with the Coronavirus can give it to other people, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is called a novel virus because it has never infected human beings before. This means that no human beings have immunity (protection) against the virus, so people who are exposed to other people who have the virus will also become infected with it.
  • Some scientists believe that people who have had COVID-19 will develop antibodies to the virus once they have recovered. These antibodies might protect people from getting infected with COVID-19 for a second time. We don’t yet know for sure if this is true.
  • While COVID-19 was first identified in China, it is not a Chinese disease and Chinese people are not more likely to have it or to spread it than any other people.
  • Coronavirus disease has infected people all over the world. People in 185 countries have been infected with COVID-19.
  • Currrently, there are more people infected with coronavirus in the United States than in any other country in the world. People in every state in the US have been infected with coronavirus.
  • COVID-19 is caused by a novel virus.
  • A virus is a type of germ that is very, very small and when it gets inside your body it can make you sick. Viruses cause colds, chicken pox, measles, flu, herpes, HIV and other illnesses.
  • Unlike bacteria, illnesses caused by viruses can’t be treated with antibiotics.
  • Some people who are infected with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms at all, while others get very, very sick, and some people with COVID-19 die.
  • Anyone who is infected with the Coronavirus can give it to other people, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is called a novel virus because it has never infected human beings before. This means that no human beings have immunity (protection) against the virus, so people who are exposed to other people who have the virus will also become infected with it.
  • Some scientists believe that people who have had COVID-19 will develop antibodies to the virus once they have recovered. These antibodies might protect people from getting infected with COVID-19 for a second time. We don’t yet know for sure if this is true.
  • While COVID-19 was first identified in China, it is not a Chinese disease and Chinese people are not more likely to have it or to spread it than any other people.
  • Coronavirus disease has infected people all over the world. People in 185 countries have been infected with COVID-19.
  • Currrently, there are more people infected with coronavirus in the United States than in any other country in the world. People in every state in the US have been infected with coronavirus.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT WE TRY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT WE TRY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE.
Therefore everyone needs to:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow or into a tissue, (throw it away after using!)
  • Avoid social gatherings – STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE if you are
    not an essential worker.
  • Wear a cloth mask whenever you go out i
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html