COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus, which can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has now spread globally, including the United States. There is a limited information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 but it likely spreads to others when a person show signs or symptoms of being sick (e.g., fever, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, etc.).


According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


According to the CDC
  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.   
  • Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public
    • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Immediately wash your hands after
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily 


According to the CDC, if you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness are are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 , contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate  yourself from other people and pets in your home
  • 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