The severity of the coronavirus varies by person, with some people experiencing mild symptoms and others experiencing severe symptoms. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes or lung disease) are at increased risk of experiencing severe symptoms and death from COVID-19.
CDC Prevention Tips
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and others, especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and call your health care provider when needed.
Symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
What to do if you have Symptoms
- CALL your doctor. If you have been exposed to coronavirus or you develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, CALL your healthcare provider for advice.
- Stay home. People who are mildly ill with coronavirus can isolate and stay home. Restrict your activities outside your home except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public places. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Stay away from others. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and stay away from others in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets and animals. While there are no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with coronavirus, limit contact until more is known about the virus.