What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person.
Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days or more depending on age and medical history after exposure and include:
Cough and shortness of breath
In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs)
*Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
What If You Think That You Have COVID-19?
It has been recommended by state and federal agencies that you seek medical attention, but call first. See other steps below:
Seek medical care right away if your illness worsens (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
Call your healthcare provider before going to the doctor’s office.
Call the emergency room ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.