Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19 that started in China. At this point, there are no vaccines to cure it. Here is a great video that presents it in layman terms – Special Edition – Dr Peter Lin – Understanding Novel Coronavirus.

How is COVID-19 Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms?

Fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you are developing symptoms, call your physician.

Emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. Seek immediate medical attention.

Who is at risk?

Older Adults (60+)

People who have serious chronic medical conditions like Heart disease, Diabetes, Lung disease, high blood pressure

How can I prevent contracting it?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places– elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people
  • Avoid touching your face,nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs
  • Avoid crowds,especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.