Guidelines from the CDC
Older adults and people who have underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications.
- there are currently no vaccines to prevent COVIC-19
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person who are in close contact (within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets from an infected person by touching objects like doorknobs that the infected person has touched.
Take steps to protect yourself
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water not available – use a 60% alcohol hand sanitizer. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they dry
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Stay home if you are sick except to get medical care
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use EPA household disinfectants or solutions of 4 tsps chlorine bleach per quart of water
Watch for symptoms. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
Emergency Warning signs (list is not inclusive. Consult medical provider for other severe/concerning symptoms.)
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department.