What is COVID-19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently, don’t touch your face, socially distance from others (6 feet), and wear a face mask when socially distancing is not possible.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
How do I know if I should get tested?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 home test kits are widely available. You may also want to call your healthcare provider. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
It is possible to get tested without symptoms. In order to track the disease through a community, many health departments, including Webster County, offer periodic testing for anyone, with or without symptoms. Contact your local health department for more information.
How do I protect myself and others?
Visit the CDC website here for the most up-to-date information about keeping yourself and those around you safe.