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What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began to spread in people in December 2019.
- COVID-19 is a new (novel) respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 novel coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is typically spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes because the virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. This is similar to how influenza is spread. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when an infected person touches and obect (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.
- Sore Throat
- Body Aches
- Shortness of Breath
Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms.
Other things you can do:
- Don't panic.
- Keep calm and wash your hands.
- Stay away from sick people.
Please do not stock pile supplies such as sanitizer or cleansers as this could limit access by schools, daycare centers, and restaurants that may also purchase off the shelf. If you do have large quantities of such items, consider donation to a local organization.
Clinicians should continue to work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories. In addition, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), is becoming available in clinical laboratories. This additional testing capacity will allow clinicians to consider COVID-19 testing for a wider group of symptomatic patients.
Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
Priorities for testing may include:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
- Any persons including healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of their symptom onset.
Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.
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