Get the facts, know how it spreads, how to protect yourself & others.
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.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Have had an organ transplant and take medication to suppress their immune syste
- 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
If you feel unwell
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).
Many stores are offering shopping hours prior to public hours in order to allow seniors and the immune-compromised to shop more safely.