COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most common questions about COVID-19.
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Commonly just called the coronavirus, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can lead to lower respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and bronchitis, and is spread from person to person.
Anyone can contract and transmit COVID-19. Many people do not show symptoms and can be carriers, so it is important that people stay home and practice social distancing so others at greater risk are not exposed to the virus.
Most people will recover on their own, but some people can develop more serious complications and require medical care or hospitalization. People at greater risk are:
- Pregnant women
- People with underlying conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes
It is most commonly spread from person to person through:
- Uncovered coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure and commonly consist of:
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, which is another reason why it is so important to prevent the spread of it.
The CDC and other health professionals recommend following these steps to protect other people in your home and community:
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
- Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening.
- Call ahead before visiting a clinic or your doctor.
- Wear a facemask.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Clean highly touched surfaces in your home everyday.