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Groundhog's Guide to Health
About the coronavirus
- SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, the disease.
- Thought to mainly occur from person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) through
respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes (similar to influenza
and other respiratory viruses).
- People are most contagious when most symptomatic (sickest). • Spread may be possible
when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their own mouth, nose,
or their eyes, but this is not the main way.
- Might be possible for people to spread before symptoms occur, but less likely.
- Symptoms typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure (usually 5 days).
- Symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath; occasionally sore throat, diarrhea,
and general malaise.
- Older adults and people with preexisting conditions are most at risk for severe illness.
• Fatality rates estimated at 2.5-3% overall, primarily in older adults and people
with pre-existing medical conditions.
- Note 97-98% of people recover, and ~ 80% have only a mild illness.
- The fatality rate in people with no other medical conditions is <1%.
- The fatality rate is lowest in people ≤ age 30.
Prevention of spread (applies to ANY viral illness)
- 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 CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.