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COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the newly discovered coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2. It can affect anyone, but older adults, those with compromised immune systems, preexisting respiratory conditions and underlying health problems are most at risk.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

The virus affects everyone differently. Typically, people develop flu-like symptoms of varying intensity. Symptoms can develop within 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Persistent cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Aches and pains
  • Inability to taste or smell
  • Sinus congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea

If you have a preexisting respiratory illness such as COPD, asthma or chronic bronchitis, you are more at risk for COVID-19. If you get the virus, your symptoms might be more severe.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The virus affects everyone differently. Typically, people develop flu-like symptoms of varying intensity. Symptoms can develop within 2-14 days after exposure:
Masks may slow down the transmission of the virus and help to protect you and others from infection. However, the CDC guidelines state that masks should not be worn by children two years old or younger.
You should not wear a mask if you have a medical condition that a mask will complicate. You should also not wear a mask if you are unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove a mask by yourself.

COVID-19 is primarily spread by saliva droplets and nasal discharge. If you cannot wear a mask, you should cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
Keep your hands clean and practice healthy living. A strong immune system is the best defense against illness. If you feel sick, stay at home until you feel better.
To learn more about the Coronavirus and how our local communities are responding to the pandemic, please visit the County website pages linked below. The following information provided is not intended to substitute medical advice. Please consult a licensed medical professional to learn more about the Coronavirus.
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