General COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

How does COVID-19 Spread?

 The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  •  Cough
  •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  •  Fever
  •  Chills
  •  Repeated shaking with chills
  •  Muscle pain
  •  Headache
  •  Sore throat
  •  New loss of taste or smell
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Runny Nose
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (>3 loose stools/day)
2023 fall COVID Recommendations