COVID is tough, but Pennsylvanians are tougher.
What we can do: It's important that everyone takes precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and
get a COVID-19 vaccine. Together we can make a difference, slow the spread of the virus, and save lives. Explore in-depth Pennsylvania data.
While there is no statewide masking requirement in Pennsylvania, we continue to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance and wear a properly fitting face covering as necessary to protect yourself and those around you.
The CDC's "COVID-19 Community Levels" tool is designed to help you make decisions based on your local context.Find the CDC's community levels and prevention recommendations by county here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
Pennsylvania has a number of resources to help people stay safe and healthy during this global pandemic.
Browse the topics below to find what you need, and/or use the
Responding to COVID-19 guide to view resources for Pennsylvanians in one place.
Questions about COVID? We know COVID-19 is complex and information changes as scientists and health care professionals learn more about the virus. Here are the most up-to-date answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
After you receive a positive test result, it is recommended that you talk to a health care provider immediately to see if available COVID-19 outpatient treatments may be right for you – even if your symptoms are mild. Most patients who test positive for COVID-19 are eligible for treatment. Act fast to get tested and seek treatment, since most medications must be started within days showing symptoms to be effective. People who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are especially encouraged to seek treatment. This includes people who are older (65+) and/or have certain medical conditions.If you need to find a health care provider, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). You can also visit a Test-to-Treat site to receive testing, an evaluation by a health care provider, and a prescription for oral antiviral treatment at one location.
For severe symptoms, including a fever above 100°, you must call a health care provider, your nearest hospital or urgent care to schedule an appointment.If it's an emergency, call 911. Emergency warning signs can include:
Masks protect the wearer and others from COVID-19.
Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
Wash hands frequently, wipe down high-touch surfaces, and don’t touch your face when out in public.
Share important health messaging in the form of downloadable social media graphics, stickers, and more.
Find resources in ASL and translated COVID-19 materials.
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