The following questions are the most commonly asked about the coronavirus. For more answers to your questions on the coronavirus, you can find information with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A large family of viruses. Some can cause illness in people or animals. In humans, it’s known to cause respiratory infections.
It can spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing and touching an object with the virus on it.
Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, severe illness.
Only get tested if you have symptoms. Elderly patients that have medical conditions should call their doctor. Proper rest should help with the illness. There’s no need to see a doctor if you only have mild symptoms.
There is no specific treatment for illness from the virus and no preventative vaccine. Those with symptoms of the virus should receive proper care to relieve their symptoms.
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use your sleeve versus your hands
- Disinfect and clean objects and surfaces that are frequently touched
Elderly adults are at a higher risk of getting sick as well as people with chronic conditions like lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
For most people, the risk is still rather low. It depends where you’re located and if there’s an outbreak there. Be aware of the current situation in your area and where you plan to go.
Personal Protective Equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect against workplace hazards. PPE is equipment worn to protect workers from workplace injuries or illnesses.
Yes. You can routinely clean highly touched surfaces (doorknobs, faucets, light switches, toilets, sinks, handles, etc.) with EPA registered disinfectants, household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, should be effective. Make sure to follow manufacturer guidelines on application and ventilation.
Using an EPA-registered disinfectant, household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and cleaning high touch surfaces regularly, washing hands properly and covering our faces with a tissue when coughing or sneezing can help prevent the spread of the virus.
You should try to stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from someone who is coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands thoroughly between fingers and under fingernails with soap and water. Apply hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol-based. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Make sure to follow state and local recommendations about going out in the public or to activities.
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