COVID-19 Basics

COVID-19, an illness caused by SARS-CoV-2, can spread easily from person to person. Current federal guidelines recommend that you wash your hands often, avoid close contact, cover your nose and mouth with a mask when indoors or around large groups of people, and get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and be sure to call your health care provider for medical advice.

Did You Know...

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COVID-19 variants like Delta, Gamma, and Lambda develop when SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus, spreads from person to person and makes copies of itself.
 

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COVID-19 tests and vaccines are free to anyone who needs them through a federal program.


 

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Anyone, including children, can spread SARS-CoV-2, even when they have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all — and especially if they have not received a COVID-19 vaccine.

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How COVID-19 Affects Your Lungs

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Library of COVID-19 Content for Tribal Communities

  • Source: Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University (CAIH)
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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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