Below are some resources for you to get informed about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
National and International Resources
John Hopkins' Coronavirus Resource Center (includes Interactive Map)
What is the source of the virus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people. and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#anchor_1580079137454
How can I help protect myself?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Further preventative information here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Do I need a facemask?
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- Facemaks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks are also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in health care facility)
What are the symptoms?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Read more about COVID-19 symptoms here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
How many cases are currently in the U.S.?
There have been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. related to travel and person-to-person spread. U.S. case counts are updated reguarly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See the current U.S. case count of COVID-19 here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
Information is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (accessed 3/5/2020 at 1:00 PM ET). This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Full up-to-date information can be found here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html