COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
Please get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The CDC and FDOH recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home as much as possible during the outbreak and avoid contact with persons in poor health;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wear a facial covering out in public where social distancing is an issue