Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
We’re including the basic COVID-19 information here again for your convenience:
- Most who contract COVID-19 will not require hospitalization. Symptoms are often mild enough that you can recover at home
- The steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 are generally the same as for the flu: wash your hands, and practice good hygiene
- If you have NOT traveled to an area impacted by COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and you develop respiratory problems, you probably have a seasonal illness like the flu, not COVID-19
- Seek medical help if you develop severe shortness of breath, severe dehydration, or other severe medical issues
The overall risk of serious illness from Coronavirus is very low. Over 98% of patients who get the Coronavirus will not experience critical or life-threatening effects.
A small number of patients can develop pneumonia, and some of these will require hospitalization. People at greatest risk for this are our elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Parents – it is natural to worry for our young ones, but so far, the overwhelming majority of children who have contracted the disease have a mild upper respiratory illness or no illness at all from this virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Facts About COVID-19
1. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you:
- Develop symptoms AND Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
For more facts about COVID-19 please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html
The CDC website includes FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/