Coronavirus Disease


What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

If you think you or someone you know might be sick, visit these pages to learn more about what you can do:

Symptoms & Testing What to do if you are sick

Questions & Answers

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Using a fabric mask:

  • Clean your hands before putting on the mask. 
  • Inspect the mask for tears or holes, do not use a mask that is damaged.
  • Adjust the mask to cover your mouth, nose, and chin, leaving no gaps on the sides.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet.
  • Clean your hands before taking off the mask.
  • Take off the mask by removing it from the ear loops, without touching the front of the mask.
  • Clean your hands after removing the mask.

Caring for a fabric mask:

  • If your fabric mask is not dirty or wet and you plan to reuse it, put it in a clean plastic, resealable bag. If you need to use it again, hold the mask at the elastic loops when removing it from the bag.
  • Wash fabric masks in soap or detergent and preferably hot water (at least 60 degrees) at least once a day.
  • If hot water is not available, wash the mask in soap/detergent and room-temperature water, followed by either boiling the mask for 1 minute OR; by soaking the mask in 0.1% chlorine for 1 minute and thoroughly rinsing the mask with room temperature water (there should not be any toxic residue of chlorine on the mask).
  • Make sure you have your own mask and do not share it with others.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have mild to severe symptoms or asymptomatic.

Dietary supplements and vitamins such as vitamin C help to prevent and treat seasonal influenza. But this does not mean its ability to prevent and treat the coronavirus COVID-19. Preventive measures such as hand washing and maintaining sneezing etiquette in addition to commitment to social distancing are the most important ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. As per CDC, it is unknown at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.

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