What is COVID-19
Starting May 1st, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask when entering
the hospital. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Bandannas, homemade or cloth coverings are allowed.
For how to make your own face mask:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people,
and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.
Rarely animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause
mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. However, the emergence of
novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated
with more severe respiratory illness.
Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory
tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last
for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include
- Shortness of breath
Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses,
such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through
- the air by coughing and sneezing
- close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your
mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- rarely, fecal contamination
The following can help prevent the spread of coronaviruses and protect
yourself from becoming infected.
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
There are currently no vaccines to protect against human coronavirus infection
There are no specific treatments. To help relieve symptoms
- take pain and fever medications
- drink plenty of liquids
- stay home and rest