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COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 SYMPTOMS MAY DEVELOP WITHIN 14 DAYS OF EXPOSURE AND INCLUDE*:

  • Coughing

    Cough

  • Icon of man cradling stomach

    Diarrhea

  • Icon of man yawning.

    Fatigue

  • High temperature

    Fever or chills

  • Icon of man touching forehead in pain

    Headache

  • neck ache icon

    Muscle or body aches

  • Icon representing man who is ill

    Nausea or vomiting

  • Icon of man with x over mouth

    New loss of taste or smell

  • Illustrated man experiencing difficulty breathing

    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Icon of man with sore throat

    Sore throat

  • illustration of a man with a runny nose

    Congestion or runny nose

*In rare cases, the virus can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death, so contact your doctor promptly if you have symptoms.

Transmission and DIagnosis

The virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from speaking, coughing or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
  • May also spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the person with the virus leaves the area.
  • Can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.
  • An antibody test can show if you were previously infected and if your body has created antibodies in an attempt to defend itself from COVID-19.
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COVID-19 by the Numbers

12,291,645

Confirmed cases worldwide**

**As of July 10 , 2020. This information comes from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The Best Ways to Protect Yourself

  • Scrubbing hands with soap and water

    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

  • Man sneezing into a tissue

    Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Man coughing into hand

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

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    Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.

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    If you feel sick, stay home and contact your health care provider

  • Disinfecting a countertop

    Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch.

  • graphic of man wearing face mask

    Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, doctor’s offices and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

If You Feel Sick

Unless it is an emergency, to reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness, stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. Do not go to work, school or public places, and avoid public transportation. If your symptoms are severe or you feel like you need medical care, call before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency department. Describe your symptoms over the phone.
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