Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. CDC will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.
HOW TO HANDLE CORONAVIRUS
There’s no way around it: the world is really scary right now. Now that COVID-19 is sweeping the globe as a pandemic, we’re all afraid for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. People all across the world are pinching pennies to make rent and support their families. Parents are forced to put their work (and potentially income) on hold to home-school their kids… that is if their kid is even old enough for school. If not, then they suddenly need to provide 24/7 childcare while keeping up a job. And, everyone everywhere must stay away from social situations. It’s scary. And isolating. And lonely. Yet, we have the tools at our fingertips to help each other. Even in isolation, we’re still connected.
We're in this together. Stay connected.
Even in isolation, you are not alone.
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Change is hard. This kind of rapid change is especially hard. In effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, schools have closed for the year and businesses have shuttered indefinitely. Health officials are imploring the public to stay home and cancel any in-person social interactions.
These mandatory closures in the interest of public health are causing massive disruptions in everyday life. And, while the first few days of isolation may feel like a welcome chance to lay low for a bit. The reality is that the news is scary, we’re in this for the long haul, and lack of human interaction can feel really freakin’ lonely.
A few things that aren’t canceled? Empathy. Kindness. Our faith in humanity.