The SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus and its associated Covid-19 disease have been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The virus is affecting over 110 nations with varying degrees of severity.
We will continue to update this page as more is learned about this virus and Covid-19.
Where did this strain of coronavirus come from?
The SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus appears to have originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted between animals and people. SARS-CoV-2 has been found to have a genetic similarity to coronaviruses found in bats.
How is SARS-CoV-2 spread?
This strain of coronavirus is believed to be transmitted only through close (within 6 feet) person-to-person contact.
How can I protect myself and family from becoming infected?
The best way to avoid illness is to prevent being exposed to the virus. Monitor the number of known cases in your area, and use that data to limit your exposure to crowded public spaces.
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially after you have been in public places, or have met with others. Carry hand sanitizer for times soap and water are not available.
Keep your home clean and use disinfecting wipes on surfaces that are routinely touched.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Common symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Most who contract the disease appear to have mild symptoms and recover normally.
How can I be tested for Covid-19?
In most cases, your doctor will need to request a test through your state or local health department. This protocol may change as testing becomes more widely available in the US.
Should I be prepared to stay inside for extended periods of time?
The CDC currently recommends that people with underlying health conditions, or a higher risk of contracting the disease should now stay home and make some preparations to limit their exposure to others.
Should I refrain from traveling or cancel planned trips?
The CDC and U.S. State Department recently warned citizens to avoid long flights and cruise ships. These recommendations are especially important for those with pre-existing health conditions. Considerations to destination and method of transportation should be made as well.
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