What You Should Know

About the Coronavirus

How It Spreads

Person to Person 

  • People who are within 6 feet of each other 
  • Through respiratory droplets spread through sneezing, coughing or talking

Contact with Contaminated Surfaces

  • By touching a surface with the virus on it then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. 
Who Is High Risk

You could be at higher risk for COVID-19 if you: 

  • Have HIV
  • Asthma
  • Are over 65 years old
  • Have chronic lung disease 
  • Have a serious heart condition 
  • Have diabetes
  • Are otherwise immunocompromised 
What is Flattening the Curve

Flattening the curve is reducing the number of infections at one time, in order not to overwhelm the healthcare system.

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What is a Pandemic

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.

What You Can Do

To Protect Yourself

Wash Your Hands Often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social Distance
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Keeping distance from others 
Clean and Disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Such as Lysol.

To Protect Others

Cloth Face Covers
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

**DO NOT put face covers on children under 2 years old** 

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
  • If you do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water. 

If You Get Sick

Stay Home

If you are sick, do not leave your home unless it is for medical attention. 

Get Rest/Drink Water

Many people will recover without medical attention. 

Resting and Hydrating is the best thing you can do to help your body fight the virus.

Monitor Symptoms

If you have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Seek medical attention! 

Click here for a list of testing sites. 

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

Stay Away From Other People

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. 

Call Your Healthcare Provider

Always call before you visit your doctor. 

If you have questions please contact Janika Grimlund.

Or visit CDC.gov