Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
• Shortness of breath
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, and possibly by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching an infected surface.
Person-to-Person spread is defined as:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
• Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
• Stay at home and avoid public areas.
• Stay away from others.
• Wear a face mask or cover your coughs and sneezes.