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What is COVID-19? How can I protect myself and my family? Where can I find accurate updates on Coronavirus? Here are some helpful resources to stay informed.

What is COVID-19? How can I protect myself and my family? Where can I find accurate updates on Coronavirus? Here are some helpful resources to stay informed.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus which was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in other countries, including the United States.

For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.

The virus is named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

**Definition of COVID19 taken from the Maine.gov website.

Three most common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent COVID-19. From the websites mentioned, here are some helpful tips that may reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use facemasks only when caring for someone who is affected by COVID-19 or when you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Please visit the resources listed above for more information about COVID-19.