Here are the facts that you need to know about coronavirus COVID-19.
Coronavirus, also known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness. This is a new type of virus that is loosely related to other viral illnesses such as the common cold. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are coughing, fever, sore throat, and shortness of breath.
Coronavirus is spread through close contact (within 6 feet, according to the CDC), as well as through coughing or sneezing. A person must be infected with coronavirus before they can transmit it.
The best method to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to avoid close contact with other people, especially in large groups. It is also highly recommended to wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not regularly available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. For more information on hand sanitizer, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html
These events bring large crowds of people into close contact. To avoid the risk of one person potentially infecting a large group of people at once, many organizations have decided to cancel or postpone events in the near future.
Official quarantines are instructions from medical professionals for people who are sick or people who are potentially infected but are not yet experiencing symptoms. At this time, there is no need to quarantine if you have not been exposed to the virus. However, the CDC also recommends avoiding large crowds or busy locations, especially in areas where outbreaks are occurring.
The CDC recommends that if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have recently had contact with an infected person or region, to stay home and call your healthcare provider. If your symptoms are more serious, such as chest pain, seek medical care immediately.