The virus is airborne and spreads from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing. You may be at greater risk if you have recently lived in or traveled to regions where there are current outbreaks or if you come into contact with someone who has the virus.
Many cases seem to be mild. But the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions (like heart and lung diseases or diabetes) are especially vulnerable.
Basic measures to stay healthy include washing your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, maintaining social distancing, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but occasionally symptoms are more severe. Symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure.
Seek medical care. You should call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.