Watch for Symptoms
People with Covid-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These range from mild symptoms to severe illness including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestions or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea*. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 may also be trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and or bluish lips or face*. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
Be informed on how COVID-19 spreads. This virus can spread easily from person to person, mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks. Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth. People who are infected but do not have symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Under certain circumstances COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission, like when people are in enclosed spaces with poor ventilations. COVID-19 spreads less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.
Please take the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Hand Washing Tips.
- Avoid close contact – put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Monitor you health daily, be alert for symptoms, and take your temperature if symptoms develop. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.