WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus that is a cause of an outbreak of a respiratory illness. Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China linked to seafood and animal market, and now spreading person-to -person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
HOW CAN COVID-19 SPREAD?
COVID-19 can spread within people in close contact with one another (approximately 6 feet), through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol based (minimum of 60%) hand sanitizer. Avoid close contact with those who are sick. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Encourage proper cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw directly into the trash. Use sleeve or arm if tissue is not available. Do not use your hands. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks).
Stay home when you are sick.
CARE AND TREATMENT FOR COVID-19
Call ahead before visiting your primary care physician or any healthcare facility, and seek their guidance. Stay home and monitor symptoms if you are sick, in accordance with your primary care physician’s guidance. Have a household plan to keep a sick family member separate from the household, including animals. Make a “sick room” if possible. Wear a face mask only if you are sick or caring for a person who is sick. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol based (minimum of 60%) hand sanitizer.
Avoid sharing personal household items, such as dishware, towels, or bedding.
Clean surfaces often.
- New Jersey Department of Health: www.nj.gov
- Centers for Disease and Control: www.cdc.gov
- World Health Organizations: www.who.int
- 24/7 Hotline for COV-19: 1-800-222-1222
Cape May County Department of Health
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