GET THE FACTS

Misinformation is one of the most dangerous threats in regards to COVID-19. Check each source and go to the CDC or your State Health Department for accurate information. All of the information below is sourced from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Ohio Department of Health

KNOW HOW IT SPREADS

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

CDC – Know How It Spreads

PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

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.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

CDC – Protect Yourself

KNOW IF YOU’RE AT RISK

More at-risk groups are:

In your 70s or older
Suffer from long-term respiratory or lung disease, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if you are a chronic smoker
Heart disease
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Diabetes
Suffer from long-term neurological conditions
A weakened immune system, either as a result of a medical condition like HIV or AIDS, or as a result of medications like corticosteroids or chemotherapy.
A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above (being severely obese)
Pregnant women

People with complex health problems – this group includes people who:
Have had an organ transplant and take medication to suppress their immune system
Have cancer and are currently having active chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment
Have blood or bone marrow cancer (like leukemia, lymphoma) and are at any stage of treatment
Have severe respiratory/lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
Have diseases of the body systems, autoimmune disorders and diseases

CDC – High Risk Information

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 are able to recover at home without medical care.

Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. 

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care.

Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs.

Avoid public transportation.

Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.

As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor.

If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. 

You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people (even at home).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to improvise a cloth face covering using a scarf or bandanna.

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick

SHOP SAFELY

Many stores are offering shopping hours prior to public hours in order to allow seniors and the immune-compromised to shop more safely. 

Browse Stores With Special Hours

STAY IN THE LOOP

Governor Mike  DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton give daily updates on COVID-19 in Ohio around 2PM.

Watch Governor Updates on The Ohio Channel