What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new rapidly spreading coronavirus (or respiratory illness) that can take 2-14 days to appear after exposure. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health (DOH) require a quarantine period of 14 days after exposure to a confirmed case or travel to the U.S. from a country with a large outbreak.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and/or bluish lips or face.
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
How does Coronavirus spread?
The virus is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person - between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
How can I protect myself and others from Coronavirus?
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
• Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump.
• Monitor your heath more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get the flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
• Do not go to travel ban countries. Click here for the latest information on the Coronavirus and travel.
• Store water, food, medications and other essentials. Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community. Consider a 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food, water and other essentials.
• Stay updated. For the latest information on COVID-19 visit the NY Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention websites.
What should I do if I feel Sick?
• Stay home and call your doctor if you have cold or flu symptoms like coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat.
• If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, seek medical care immediately.
• Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen or otherwise directed. Please be sure to the follow directives made by local, state & federal governments.
• Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.