COVID-19 Information

Be Informed

COVID-19 is a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person (a) who are in close contact with one another – within about 6 feet and (b) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus is spread. The healthcare and medical communities continue to learn more about the virus and provide the public with updated information.

Below is a link to CDC that provides a flyer entitled “What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others”.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Below is a link to the CDC website to review the latest information on COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know now, those at higher-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
      • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

Below is a link to the CDC website to review the latest information on people at higher risk for severe illness as a result of COVID-19.

If you or someone you know are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease.

  • Stay home if possible
  • Wash your hands often
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths)
  • Keep away from people who are sick
  • Stock up on supplies
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services
  • Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel
  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick

Below is a link to the CDC website to review the latest information related to reducing risk of exposure to COVID-19.