COVID-19 Basics

Get trustworthy and factual information about COVID-19. Learn what you can do to prevent the spread, and protect yourself and your community.

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

COVID-19 Basics: Resources You Can Share

Fact Sheet

This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • PublisherNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size204KB
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

  • PublisherNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size184KB
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COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus most commonly affects the lungs but it can also lead to serious heart problems. COVID-19 can damage the lungs, preventing enough oxygen from reaching the heart muscle.

  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Length02:11
Video

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus – and your immune system’s reaction to it, inflammation – can damage your lungs, causing them to scar and stiffen or fill with fluid.

  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Length02:19
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COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Some people with COVID-19 develop abnormal blood clots, including lots of tiny clots in the smallest blood vessels.

  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Length02:00
Website

Learn more about COVID-19 from NHLBI, including videos and additional resources.

  • PublisherNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • LanguageEnglish
Website

Blog post by NIH leaders about the importance of participation in COVID-19 testing.

  • PublisherNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
Website

All CAIH materials about how to stop the spread of COVID-19 are available for tribes in this online resource library.

  • PublisherCenter for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
Fact Sheet

A fact sheet about contact tracing and how it can stop the spread of COVID-19

  • PublisherCenter for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size100KB
Fact Sheet

A fact sheet about using face masks, including instructions on how to make your own non-sewn cloth mask

  • PublisherCenter for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size460KB
Hoja informativa

Esta hoja informativa contiene consejos para los profesionales de la salud que buscan combatir la información errónea sobre COVID-19.

  • EditorNIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • IdiomaEspañol
  • Tipo de archivoPDF
  • Tamaño del archivo906KB
Hoja informativa

Información para entender las vacunas contra el COVID-19.

  • EditorNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • IdiomaEspañol
  • Tipo de archivoPDF
  • Tamaño del archivo138KB
Hoja informativa

Información para entender las vacunas contra el COVID-19 ARNm.

  • EditorNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • IdiomaEspañol
  • Tipo de archivoPDF
  • Tamaño del archivo146KB

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COVID-19 clinical trials will help us find safe and effective ways to treat and prevent COVID-19. Share information about safety protections and providing informed consent with your community: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

Can immune supplements help protect against #COVID19? Will a future vaccine be safe? How can the medical community build trust with African Americans? @TiffanyHaddish has questions. Watch her discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FZXfgT_IRg&feature=youtu.be 

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