Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to it and vaccines. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced by an infected person and which can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Shortness of breath
- COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.
Do’s and Don’ts for Daily Life
Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.
|Get vaccinated and boosted||Lose your proof of vaccination|
|Wear a mask where required||Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well|
|Turn on exposure notifications on your phone||Assume everyone is vaccinated|
|Get tested and stay home if you're sick||Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted|
|Isolate if you test positive||Attend large events if you're sick|
|Get tested if required by your workplace||Travel is you're sick|
|Wear a mask to protect the vulnerable|
For More Information
For the latest developments countywide on COVID-19, visit socoemergency.org/coronavirus
For more information nationwide, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.