About the vaccine:
There is currently no approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, tested and approved, there are many things we can do to protect ourselves and our communities:
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place.
- Practice social distancing by avoiding large crowds and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between others.
- Wear a face mask that completely covers your nose and mouth when in public, especially if you are unable to maintain social distance.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, bathroom fixtures, doorknobs, light switches and phones.
- Stay home if you are sick and watch for symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
If we all work together to decrease the spread of COVID-19, we can help control it, giving scientists and health care providers more time to develop treatments and vaccines.
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About coronavirus (COVID-19):
The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 virus, more commonly known as COVID-19, is one of many types of human coronaviruses that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. In some cases, more serious symptoms may develop requiring hospitalization and potentially causing death. Because COVID-19 is a new disease, there is still much we do not yet know about how to treat and prevent it.
The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. The most common form of transmission occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they release respiratory droplets that can land in the mouths or noses of others nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
It may also be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Although this is not thought to be the primary form of transmission, we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.
It is important to recognize that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Therefore, appropriate safety guidelines should be maintained at all times.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to avoid gathering in large groups and practice social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) in public.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Difficulty breathing
Learn more about COVID-19 Symptoms.