Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
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.
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
- Occasionally, fecal contamination.
In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces. Members of the public are encouraged to wear homemade cloth or fabric masks and save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders.
Businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to
individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing
medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must
provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of goods. Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including
children the age of 2 years) may enter the premises without having to
provide medical documentation.
Businesses must provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business,
and make it a mandatory requirement while at the work site, except to
the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink.
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. You
should not travel if you are sick or have been around someone with
COVID-19 in the past 14 days. If you travel:
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Do not travel with someone who is sick.
- The safest food options: drive-thru, delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up.
- Make sure you are up to date with your routine vaccinations,
including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and the seasonal flu
- Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after you return from travel.
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 risk in most countries is high, and travelers should avoid nonessential travel to high-risk destinations. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness
should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to high-risk destinations. To check a destination's COVID-19 risk level see the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination
Yes. Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.
Before you travel, learn if COVID-19 is spreading in your local area or
in any of the places you are going. Traveling to visit family may be
especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19
. People at higher risk for severe illness need to take extra precautions
. For more considerations see Coronavirus in the United States—Considerations for Travelers
The Office of Attorney General handles these issues. Please visit the AG website at https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/get-help/ to file a complaint.