COVID-19 Facts

 

COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If infected, a person may experience some, all, or none of the following symptoms

  • 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

In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to serious illness, and even death.

If you test positive, recovery can likely be spent at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6775rnLdAk


Quarantine

If you were exposed

Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Isolate

If you are sick or test positive

Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.


COVID Prevention

COVID-19 is spread through droplets from talking, breathing, and coughing from an infected person. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, there are a few steps we can all take:

– Wear a mask in public spaces.

– Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.

– Avoid crowds.

– Stay home when you believe you may be sick.

– Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

– Get vaccinated and boosted!


COVID Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and death when people become infected with COVID-19.

Everyone five years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

There are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. (Pfizer and Moderna preferred)

As of March 10th, over 216,000,000 American’s are fully vaccinated, that’s more than 65% of the population!

Everyone ages 18 years and older are recommended to receive a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 5 months after their second shot of their original vaccination series.

Recent data suggest COVID-19 vaccines become less effective at preventing infection or severe illness over time, especially for people ages 65 years and older. This is why booster shots are recommended for people ages 12 years and older who have completed their primary vaccination series.

After vaccination, there may be pain, redness, and swelling near the site of injection and you may feel tired, have a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea, but should resolve on their own in a few days.

To find vaccines and boosters near you, go to https://www.vaccines.gov

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