Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates and Resource Center

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates and Resource Center

On March 11, COVID-19 was publicly characterized as a pandemic, and on March 13, the President of the United States declared the outbreak a national emergency.

Different parts of the U.S. are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The U.S. nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but more and more states are reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC. Three U.S. states are currently experiencing sustained community spread.

Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on lessening the spread and impact of this virus.

You may find out more here.

How to Protect Yourself

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Find out more ways to stay protected here.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Older people, and those with underlying medical problem are more likely to develop serious illness. This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. You may find out more here.

What to do if you are sick
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

More information found here for what to do.

Travel Notices

If you are a traveler, here is what you can do to protect yourself and others:

  • Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
  • There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
  • US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

For information on travel notices click here.