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What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. It can be very contagious and spreads quickly. Over one million people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, the flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Possible symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you are sick:
- Stay Home and away from others
- Improve ventilation (air flow) to help from spreading to other people
- Monitor your symptoms
- Practice good hygiene and cleaning
- wash your hands often
- cover your cough and sneezes
- Wear a mask when around other people
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. The high risk population can get very sick from COVID-19.
When to isolate:
Regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you test positive for COVID-19. If you are sick and haven’t taken a test yet, you should also isolate until you take the test and get your results. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are the most infectious during the first 5 days.
When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:
If you had no symptoms:
- Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result)
- Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested
- If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset
If you had symptoms:
- Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive
- Day 1 is the first full day your symptoms started