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These are snippets from the official WHO webpage on COVID-19. For more information and a live feed, please visit their website World Health Organization (WHO).

What is COVID-19?

Per WHO, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

Common Symptoms

1Fever

2Tiredness

3Dry Cough

Less Common Symptoms

1Aches and Pains

2Nasal Congestion

3Runny Nose

4Sore Throat

5Diarrhea

6Difficulty Breathing

• Symptoms are mild and usually begin gradually

• ⅙ people become seriously ill, developing difficulty breathing

• Older populations and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness

General Information

There are no current vaccines/treatments for COVID-19, but possible treatments are being researched

Those with the virus are being treated to relieve symptoms

Single-use face masks should be worn whenever outside - use them wisely!

COVID-19 has an incubation period of 1-14 days

AVOID

Smoking

Wearing multiple masks

Taking antibiotics

Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

Wash your hands frequently

If handsoap and water aren’t available, then use hand sanitizer with 60%+ alcohol

Interactive Handwashing Guide

Practice social distancing

Maintain a 6 feet distance between you and anyone coughing/sneezing.

Try not to leave your house unless necessary.

Limit social gatherings in enclosed spaces.

Practice good respiratory hygiene

The virus is spread through droplets, so cover your mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing.

Do not touch face (eyes, nose, mouth)

Hands can pick up the virus and transfer it to your body through your face.

Monitor your health

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call beforehand.

Stay informed

Follow the advice from healthcare providers and local medical authorities.