You’ve probably heard about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and might be concerned. We’re sharing information about protecting yourself and the people you care about.
What is COVID-19?
An airway and lung infection, similar to a cold.
What are the symptoms?
Similar to a cold or the flu. Mild to severe fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after being around someone with COVID-19.
How does the virus spread?
From person to person through a cough or sneeze.
What’s the risk?
Right now, the risk of getting COVID-19 in the United States is low.
What if I have symptoms?
Call your doctor right away if you’ve been around someone who has or may have COVID-19 and you have a fever, cough, or hard time breathing.
Should I see my doctor?
Call Nurse HelpLine 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-600-4441 (TTY 711).
How to protect yourself
- Washing your hands is the best way to avoid getting sick:
- Wash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect items and surfaces you often touch with regular household cleaning spray or a wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away the tissue.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (accessed March 2020): cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (accessed March 2020): cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Handwashing (accessed March 2020): cdc.gov/handwashing