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Coronavirus COVID-19: Home

Coronavirus Finding the fats and figting the misinformation

What is it?  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

~CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

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This is what I heard...

When looking at web results make sure to check a few things before you believe what you read.  Can you tell WHO wrote the information, look both at the author's credentials and the publishing site, is it a local news reporter (see example Can it alter DNA?) or the Centers for Disease Control? Can you tell how OLD the information is; with the rapidly changing information coming out about this disease information that is more than a few months old may be out of date (the information from the Mayo Clinic is from a good source but is almost 6 months old, could you trust information from last March when this disease was just identified?)

Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.  Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashingexternal icon Hand washing resources from the It’s A SNAP program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Impact - COVID-19 U.S Cases by State & County

This interactive COVID-19 map allows you to see information from around the United States and their statistics. Search for a state and county and see how they stack up to others.