COVID-19 is the infectious and sometimes fatal disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. Symptoms for coronavirus often manifest as fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people experience mild symptoms and recover quickly and without treatment —however, the elderly and those with underlying medical issues can develop serious illness. There are many steps you can take to avoid becoming infected and preventing the spread of coronavirus.
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- Be sure to wash hands properly with soap and water, and avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are displaying symptoms for coronavirus.
- Be sure to practice standard good health practices —sleeping 8 hours per night, eating a well-rounded diet, and staying physically active.
Within 2-14 days after exposure, symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath will start to appear.
There are two main ways that the spread of coronavirus takes place from person to person:
2. Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- Be sure to wash your hands often, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Acquire the necessary PPE and cleaning supplies, including masks, protective coveralls, boots, and shoe covers, face shields, and disposable gloves.
- It is important to keep distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
If you get Sick:
- It is your responsibility to learn how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in any way you can
- You should stay at home, separated from other people and animals in your home
- You should cover coughs and sneezes, clean hands often, and avoid sharing personal household items
Stay informed with the following resources, which are being regularly updated as information becomes available:CDC: 1-800-232-4636 www.cdc.gov
OSHA: 1-800-321-OSHA www.osha.gov
Health Canada: 1-866-225-0709
WHO: 1-202-974-3000 www.who.int
American Red Cross: 1-202-303-5000 www.redcross.org
Public Health Agency of Canada: 1-833-784-4397