What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a respiratory disease that can be transmitted between humans. The new strain of coronavirus - COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, but has now spread worldwide.

How does it spread?

The coronavirus first transmitted between animals and humans. It is now spread through human-to-human contact.

How serious is it?

The reported COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death in certain cases.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, difficulty breathing, and coughing. If you or somebody you know has been exposed to somebody with COVID-19 and is experiencing these symptoms, contact your healthcare professional immediately.

How can I protect myself?

In order to avoid contracting COVID-19, it is recommended to avoid close contact with sick individuals. Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose, and be sure to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. There is currently no active vaccine for COVID-19. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends taking precautionary steps to avoid contracting the virus.

What if I have the symptoms?

Stay home and call the doctor. Minimize contact with others. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Wash your hands frequently.