COVID-19 can affect everyone. Up to 40% of adults with COVID-19 do not show symptoms and may unknowingly spread the virus. More and more children, teens, and young adults have COVID-19 with serious symptoms and are bringing it home to their family. By following the guidelines below you can empower your loved ones to guard against COVID-19 and protect the health of EVERYONE.
Wear a Mask
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Ways To Guard Against COVID-19
- Wear a mask
- Stay home whenever possible
- Keep six feet of social distance (about the length of a yoga mat, alligator, or couch)
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue
- Store your mask in a clean, paper bag
- Don’t touch your face
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
- Wash your hands regularly
- Use hand sanitizer frequently
- Wash cloth masks every day
COVID-19 is the disease, SARS-CoV2 is the virus. So technically we don't pass COVID-19 to one another, we pass SARS-CoV2. Below is how SARS-CoV2 is spread.
- The virus is airborne, through droplets and aerosols from talking, laughing, singing, sneezing, coughing, and more.
- The virus is also on surfaces. You can get it from touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face
Am I at greater risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms?
COVID-19 affects everyone, but some people will experience more severe symptoms. Talk to a health care provider about your risk if you are age 60 and older and/or if you have any of the underlying conditions.
- Cardiovascular disease including hypertension
- COPD/chronic lung disease/moderate to severe asthma
- If you are immunocompromised
- Chronic kidney disease
- Or have a BMI >=30