What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new type of virus that can cause mild to severe infections in the lungs. Like other viruses, it can lead to serious infections for people with weakened immune systems. COVID-19 may cause more severe infections than other viruses. We do not have a vaccine to help control its spread, but experts are working to make a vaccine.

The virus can spread easily, just like the common cold or flu. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes droplets that can get into the eyes, nose, or mouth of people nearby. Droplets also land on surfaces that people touch before touching their own eyes, nose, or mouth.

These are some of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the virus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol until you can wash your hands with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without washing your hands first.
Clean and disinfect surfaces often. Regular household wipes and sprays will kill the virus. Be sure to clean places that people touch a lot, such as door handles, phones, keyboards, and light switches.
Avoid handshakes, hugging, and standing or sitting close to people who are coughing or sneezing.
Be as healthy as you can. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, exercis
e, and manage your stress.

Call your doctor right away if any of these happen to you:
You have a fever higher than 100.3 degrees F.
You feel short of breath.
You develop a cough, runny nose, or congestion.