Defending Against Covid-19
- Defend Against COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Recognize the symptoms. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home especially if you are sick.
- Maintain a Social Distance of 6ft. Social distancing means keeping 6ft. of physical space between yourself and others. This helps to prevent the spread of illness.
- Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick, stay home. Especially if you have fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Try to isolate yourself to ne room and stay away from others in the household.
Frequently touched surfaces include door knobs, light switches, counter tops, bathroom surfaces and faucets, phones, keyboards, desks, etc.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water.
- The disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant.
- For more information visit follow this CDC guidance.
Wash your hands regularly:
- Before, during and after preparing food,
- Before eating food,
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick,
- Before and after treating a cut or wound,
- After using the toilet,
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet,
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,
- After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste,
- After handling pet food or pet treats, and
- After touching garbage.
Washing your hands only takes 20 seconds and helps prevent the spread of germs like the coronavirus from person to person, our communities and our state. It just takes these five simple steps from the CDC:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make sure the hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
A person is considered recovered when it has been at least seven days after the onset of illness, AND at least three day after resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND resolution or improvement in respiratory symptoms.
Coronavirus spreads from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.