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COVID-19: The Facts

​​​​​​According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronavirus and COVID-19—the disease it causes—are thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person. People without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Mitigation efforts—such as wearing face coverings, social distancing and observing proper hand hygiene—have been proven to lower the risk of the virus spreading.​

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide array of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Reported symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache​
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • ​Diarrhea

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms, but older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.