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About COVID-19


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. They can cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold; however, some can cause severe illness, like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little-to-no symptoms, to people becoming severely ill and dying.

Further COVID-19 Information:

Transmission may also occur when a person touches a surface or object that has virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, new information about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.

Prevent the spread:

  • Wear a face covering and social distance from others
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, vaping devices or anything that can spread the virus to others.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 other than supportive care for symptoms.