What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that typically causes mild to moderate illness, like the common cold, but can lead to dangerous complications. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now infecting people around the world.
How It Spreads
Close personal contact such as caring for an infected person
Droplets produced through coughing, sneezing, speaking and breathing
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
Contact tracing is a simple, confidential process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks. You can do your part by answering a few simple questions when Public Health calls.
What If I'm Sick?
What If I have COVID-19?
Clinical and Vaccine Trial Information
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