COVID is tough, but Pennsylvanians are tougher.
What we can do: It is imperative that everyone takes precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Want to know the basics about coronavirus? Below is important information about what the virus is, how it spreads, what symptoms look like, and how to protect yourself and others.
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.
Most people who have mild symptoms can recover at home without medical care. If you'd like to get tested for a diagnosis, contact your healthcare provider or schedule an appointment at a publicly accessible testing site.
If you do not want to get tested, it's still important to stay home, isolate and avoid contact with others, rest, and drink fluids. If you feel worse, call your health care provider.
For severe symptoms (including a fever above 100°), call your health care provider. If you don't have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital or urgent care to schedule an appointment.
If it's an emergency, call 911.
Emergency warning signs can include:
Cloth masks protect the wearer and others from COVID-19. Masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors away from home.
Download COVID Alert PA to get notified if you’ve been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Continue to keep your distance from people who do not live in your household and avoid crowds.
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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