About Coronavirus

Anyone can contract the illness caused by coronavirus. The following will help you understand some basic information about the virus, including its symptoms and how it’s transmitted.

 

What is the coronavirus, also called COVID-19?

It’s a contagious virus that causes a respiratory illness. People can get the virus and experience no or mild symptoms, but it can also cause severe symptoms and result in death.

 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include fever (100.4 F or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Other, more severe symptoms are an emergency warning sign.

 

What should I do if I experience symptoms?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms or new loss of taste or smell, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. If you experience a medical emergency, call emergency response (911).

 

What if I’m unsure about whether I should I seek treatment?

The Coronavirus Self-Checker, available on the CDC.gov website, can help you determine the appropriate next steps if you think you may have the illness.

 

How does the virus spread?

COVID-19 is primarily spread via droplets expelled while sneezing or coughing.

 

If I contract the virus, how can I prevent its spread?

Follow these CDC recommendations to protect others.

 

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

 

When is it appropriate to quarantine to prevent the spread of illness?

According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others to prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

 

What should a person do when in quarantine?

According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others to prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

 

Who is at greatest risk to contract the illness?

Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications.

 

COVID-19-related Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

What is COVID-19-related inflammatory syndrome in children?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling the condition multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).  It is a rare but serious inflammatory condition seen in children and linked to COVID-19.

 

What symptoms should I be concerned about for my child(ren)?

Parents should watch for fever (generally considered 100.4 degrees or greater) lasting several days, irritability or sluggishness, a rash or changes in skin color, red eyes or conjunctivitis, abdominal pain, and/or swollen lymph nodes (glands). If parents notice any of these symptoms, they should call their child’s health care provider for advice on next steps.

 

How worried should I be about MIS-C? 

MIS-C appears to be rare, and most cases of COVID-19 in children are asymptomatic or mild. However, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s health care provider if they are worried their child is sick or appears ill with the mentioned symptoms or has a fever.

 

Pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome Fact sheet:  

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-pmis.pdf

 

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