Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

“Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing”

“Fever or chills”

“Muscle or body aches”

“Vomiting or diarrhea”

“New loss of taste or smell”

Seek immediate medical attention if you have warning signs of COVID-19:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face

Protect Yourself, Your Family, Your Community:

  • Wear a mask

    Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Social Distance

    To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Stay Home

    Stay home if you are sick. Always practice good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the virus spread?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.

  • Should I use soap and water or hand sanitizer to protect against COVID-19?

    Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • What should I do if I have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

    Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.