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What is COVID-19?
COVID -19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that can affect organs involved in breathing, including your lungs, nose, and throat. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death.

How can I help protect myself?
The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. There is no coronavirus vaccine yet. To protect yourself:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What if I am sick?
If you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people and animals
  • Wash your hands at least once an hour
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing household and personal items like glasses and phones
  • Wash all items you have touched
  • Call before you come to a CHS clinic so we can prepare to protect you and others

How do I care for someone who is sick?

  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance when possible
  • Do not share household items with the sick person
  • Monitor the sick person carefully and call your CHS clinic if symptoms worsen
  • Wash all surfaces, clothing, and bedding items often