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Groundhog's Guide to Health
About the coronavirus
What is the coronavirus?
SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, the disease.
How is it spread?
- Transmission of the COVID-19 virus is thought to occur mainly from person-to-person
contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person
coughs, sneezes or talks.
- People are most contagious when most symptomatic (sickest).
Spread may also be possible when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches
their own mouth, nose or their eyes.
- It is possible for people to spread COVID-19 before symptoms occur, but this is less
How quickly will symptoms appear?
Symptoms typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure (usually 5 days).
What are COVID-19 symptoms?
- Symptoms include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue,
headache, nasal congestion, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of sense of
smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Older adults and people with preexisting conditions are most at risk for severe illness.
• Fatality rates are estimated at 2.5-3% overall, primarily in older adults and people
with pre-existing medical conditions.
- Note 97-99.75% of people recover, and ~ 80% have only a mild illness.
The fatality rate in people under 65 years old and with no other medical conditions
How can the spread of COVID-19 be prevented?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household
cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with
at least 60% alcohol.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are now available in North Texas. For information
on eligibility and registration requirements, which vary among vaccine providers,
click on the county health department link.