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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus, or germ, that can cause disease in humans. The strain of coronavirus that has caused the global pandemic is called COVID-19. It is a contagious disease, meaning it can spread from person to person. This disease can be severe and has resulted in death. We share this information not to scare you, but to encourage you to take it seriously. We want to help you figure out what the pandemic means to you and how to go about your day-to-day life in a safe and healthy way.

Your Health

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • headache

  • muscle or body aches

  • tiredness

  • loss of taste or smell

  • congestion or runny nose

  • sore throat

  • nausea or vomiting

  • diarrhea

These symptoms usually occur 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

The virus spreads from person to person through droplets, or small particles of saliva, when breathing. This means that the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the germ is through wearing a mask over your nose and mouth and keeping 6 feet of distance between you and people who do not live in your household. Other helpful tips for preventing the spread are:

  • washing your hands often

  • cover coughs and sneezes

  • clean and disinfect surfaces

  • monitor your own health, and don't go out if you feel unwell

Community Health

COVID-19 has greatly impacted our society and the way we keep ourselves safe and healthy. As you are well aware, the pandemic has changed how we go about our day-to-day business. One of the best ways to prevent the spread is by wearing masks when out in public. When you are at work, the grocery store, or even school you will probably be asked to wear a mask, but what does that look like?

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