NOT Just the Flu!
COVID-19 Is a Highly Contagious Pathogen that:
Is easily transmitted with close clusters of two or more infected people.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Also through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Standard treatments are not effective
While there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19, Most people with COVID - 19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Stay in touch with your doctor. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency signs.
Is a serious clinical disease that poses an increased risk of death.
COVID-19 is a new disease with limited information regarding risk for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Is an outbreak of a newly discovered pathogen.
In February, 2020 the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 as the name of the disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness and is a highly transmissible.