Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavisru Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease.
- COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is caused by a coronavirus not found in people before.
- Getting vaccinated is one of the best things you can do to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19. For more information, visit COVID-19 Vaccine.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- shortness of breath,
- muscle pain,
- sore throat,
- congestion or runny nose, or
- loss of taste or smell.
- Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
- Even after recovering from COVID-19, some people may have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or joint pain. Refer to physical health effects for more information.
- Get tested if you have symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.
How it spreads
- COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:
- Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and fine particles that contain the virus.
- Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
- Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them. It is important to wash your hands before you touch your mouth, nose, face, or eyes.
- People can spread the COVID-19 disease to each other.
- Infected people may be able to spread the disease before they have symptoms or feel sick.
- A person can also spread the disease if they have no symptoms. Research has shown that around 40-50% of people infected do not develop symptoms.