Stay at home and self-isolate if you have any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature, or feel hot on your chest or back
- if you’ve started coughing repeatedly
If you have symptoms, do not visit anyone, especially your doctor or hospital, and call ahead if you have any appointments.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
How does it spread?
There is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at this stage, so you need to avoid being exposed to this virus as much as possible.
Because it’s a new illness, there’s no facts yet as to how coronavirus spreads, however it is thought to spread from person-to-person if you are in close contact.
Like regular flu, the virus can be passed through respiratory droplets which become airbourne or land on surfaces when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These infected droplets can enter others via the mouth, nose or eyes.
How to avoid catching Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when returning home or going into work
- if clean running water and soap are not available use hand sanitizer gel
- when you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, elbow or your sleeve. Do not use your hands as you can pass germs onto other surfaces.
- dispose of any used tissues in the bin immediately and always wash your hands again afterwards
- if possible avoid close contact with people who are high risk or are unwell
- if your hands are not clean, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
For up to date official information please visit the following websites:
- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page
- the U.S. Government response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Stay safe, live healthier!