COVID-19 Basics

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What is COVID-19?

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What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that has not been seen before in humans. Get more information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

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How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

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How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread easily from person to person. Current federal guidelines recommend:

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For information to help you make decisions about your health and what you can do to join the fight against COVID-19, visit combatcovid.hhs.gov.

Resources

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Fact Sheet
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Kit de herramientas
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Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet
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  • File Size268KB
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Website
  • PublisherCenter for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
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Fact Sheet
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  • File TypePDF
  • File Size100KB
Fact Sheet
  • PublisherCenter for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
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Website
  • PublisherU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Video
  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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