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Prevention, Symptoms & Emergencies

How To Avoid The Virus

The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales near other people. Many people may not know they are infected because they may be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, but in either case they may be contagious and can spread the virus to others. This is why it is important to practice social distancing: keep at least 6 feet of physical space between yourself and others.

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How To Kill The Virus

If you have touched a surface that may have been contaminated, the most effective way to kill the virus is to either use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You must also try not to touch your face before cleaning your hands, as this could cause infection. Hand sanitizers with at least 70% alcohol, and most EPA-registered household disinfectants, should all be effective against the coronavirus.

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How Do I Keep It From Spreading?

Isolate if you, or someone in your home, is sick or have any of the symptoms listed here. Keep those infected away from those who are not. Contact your healthcare provider and inform them of any symptoms. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Limit contact with someone infected.

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Contact Tracing & Testing

Contact tracing involves identifying people who have been in contact with an infected person during the window of contagion. It also involves warning them of their exposure, supporting isolation efforts and connecting those with symptoms with medical care. As the United States opens back up, contact tracing is a central measure to monitoring and controlling the spread of the virus. Am I infected? As we re-enter society, COVID-19 testing plays an important role in helping to control the spread of the virus. Testing can also help identify regions that are experiencing rises in cases so measures can be taken to help keep people safe. Speak to your employer about testing and contact your state or local health departments or your healthcare provider to learn about available COVID-19 tests. Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. The CDC advises that those with symptoms as well as healthcare workers and first responders are priorities for testing. CDC states that “decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.”

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Symptoms & Emergency Care

Common COVID-19 symptoms include: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Repeated shaking with chills, Fatigue, Aches and pains, Headache, Conjunctivitis, Loss of taste and/or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, Rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes. *This is not a complete list of symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately if you have: Trouble breathing, Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest
, Confusion and/or difficulty waking up and staying alert, Loss of speech or movement, Bluish lips and/or face.

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