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Basic Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Basic Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information How does COVID-19 spread? Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID‑19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Fever Cough Difficulty breathing Shortness of breath Transmission Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through: The air by coughing and sneezing. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. In rare cases, contact with feces. Prevention CDC officials recommend people take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza: Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched. Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient. Sheriff Eric Scheffler

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