COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The COVID-19 is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Since December 2019, cases have been identified in a growing number of countries. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Public health authorities are learning more every day. We will continue to update as we learn more.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle pain

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

The symptoms that are currently being seen with COVID-19 are cough, fever, headache, new loss of taste or smell, repeated shaking with chills, sore throat, shortness of breath, and muscle pain. To help prevent the spread of germs, you should:

  • Multiple times a day, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

  • Stay home from work or school until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours and without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications.

Easy Read Guide:

Coronaviruses are a big group of viruses that can make people and animals sick.

A virus is something that can make people sick.

1 type of Coronavirus that can make people sick is called COVID-19.

 COVID-19 can pass from person to person.

People with COVID-19 may:

  • have a cough

  • have a high temperature of at least 38°C on a thermometer – this is when you would feel very hot

  • find it hard to breathe

  • sneeze and have a runny nose

  • have a sore throat

It is important to know that people who get a cold or flu may also have these things.

Some people with COVID-19 may not get sick.

But they can still pass the virus to another person.

It may take between 2 to 14 days from the time a person has been around someone with COVID-19 to when they get sick.

When a person has COVID-19 they can spread droplets onto things or people around them when they:

  • cough

  • sneeze

  • talk

  • touch other people like shaking hands

  • touch surfaces or objects that someone else then touches

Droplets are very small bits of liquid that come out of a person’s nose or mouth.

The droplets could have the COVID-19 virus in them.

Surfaces and objects are things like:

  • tables

  • bathroom sinks

  • kitchen benches

  • door handles

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