COVID-19 is a dangerous disease caused by a virus discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia, but COVID-19 can also harm other parts of the body.
Know how it Spreads
The best way to prevent getting the virus is to not be exposed to it in the first place.
- 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).
- 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.
- Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at least six feet from others at all times.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- The mask helps to protect others if you are sick and don’t know it.
- Everyone should wear a mask when in public settings; especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Continue to maintain social distancing even when wearing a mask.
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Current COVID-19 Press Release:
Joint Information Center Press Release
Marion County Joint Information Center – Email