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Resources during COVID-19

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WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a strain of coronaviruses first identified in Wuhan, China, in 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause disease such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
COVID-19 spreads very easily and sustainably from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Studies have shown that COVID-19 spreads even by those who are not showing or feeling any symptoms.
  • It may be possible that a person can become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. The virus can also be spread from people to animals. 
  • Most people infected with COVID-19 have symptoms no more serious than the common cold or flu and make a full recovery. However, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems of any age are at higher risk for severe illness.
  • The Delta and Omicron variants are more contagious than previous strains. Masking is proven to lessen the spread.
  • Most people that are vaccinated and boosted are significantly less ill from a breakthrough infection of the virus. 

COVID-19 Resources

Avoid Fake News and Misinformation

undefinedIn a situation of wide-reaching and fast-moving concern, the spread of misinformation and disinformation (sometimes from seemingly reliable sources) is inevitable. While it's always best to rely on information from authoritative sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, here are some resources to help you determine the facts as opposed to the "fake news" currently in circulation.