WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS:
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath — similar to the flu. They've also experienced chills or shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of sense of smell or taste. While information so far indicates that most cases are mild, symptoms appear to be more severe in the elderly and people with chronic conditions.
WHO'S AT HIGHER RISK:
COVID-19 causes a mild illness in many people. But some people may be at higher risk for having severe symptoms from COVID-19. A recent study found that 88% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had more than one chronic condition,* and other factors can also increase your risk.
If you have an ongoing health condition, here are some ways you can help keep yourself safe.
- Stay home as much as you can.
- Have supplies on hand, like food, household items, medical supplies, and over-the-counter and prescription medications.
- Routinely clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and phones.
- Limit visitors.
- When you leave home, keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others
- Wear a cloth face cover when you’re near other people.
- Wear gloves or carry tissues or paper towels with you to protect your hands when you need to touch things like door handles, shopping carts, and handrails.
- Don’t touch your face, and wash your hands often
- Have a plan in case you get sick
The world is facing an unprecedented medical crisis. Throughout this challenging time, your health and safety remain our top priority. Protect yourself and your loved ones with the help of this important information on COVID-19. Together, we can keep our communities healthy and strong.