Q. What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?  

A: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. You can read more about the virus here.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

A: Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Q: How does COVID-19 spread and how do we stop it? 

 A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Learn how we can prevent the spread of the virus if you are sick here.
Q: What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19? 

A: You can do the following: 
a) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
b) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
c) Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
d) Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can watch a useful video from the World Health Organization below, and find out what to do to protect yourself, your family, and our community here.

Public health authorities recommend that you avoid crowded places and unnecessary travelling to protect yourself from possible exposure to the virus. It is important that if you are sick or feel sick, you should stay at home and reach out to your healthcare provider for medical assistance from an expert. You should also avoid close contact with others in the community and most importantly the elderly.

It is also recommended to self quarantine if you have come in close contact with someone you know who has tested positive, even if you do not show the symptoms yet. Please reach out to your healthcare provider for further assistance.

The above information, provided by the public health authorities, should help us be proactive as a community, in order to stay safe and keep our communities safe.

Last, but not least, the most important thing we can do is to support and pray for one another, our community, our country, and the world.


SCBC Media Team