COVID-19 Fast Facts

  1. What is COVID-19?
  2. What Precautions should I take?
  3. What's the deal about facemask & gloves?
  4. Isolation, Quarantine,  or Self-monitoring?
  5. What do I need to know about testing?
  6. I've tested positive, now what?
  7. NC LINKS Youth COVID Resources
  8. Check My Symptoms Online

What are coronaviruses? What is COVID-19?

CDC Link to COVID-19 Information

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States, and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness COVID-19. First identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world.  People are encouraged to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. 

How does COVID-19 spread?

CDC Link to Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Coronaviruses, like COVID-19, are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.  

Help up prevent the spread of such a virus:

  • Keeping your child home if they have had a fever, used fever-reducing medication, or experienced symptoms of illness within the past 24 hours
  • Stay home when you are sick with a fever, using fever-reducing medication, or experiencing symptoms of illness within the last 24 hours
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Wear a cloth face covering when out in public

What are the Symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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