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About COVID-19

About COVID-19

What is COVID-19 and How Does it Spread?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus not found in people before. The disease spreads by droplets or aerosols (tiny particles) from the nose and mouth when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or exhales. Although there are multiple ways for COVID-19 to spread, the most common way is through close contact, when droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. An infected person can also spread the disease when they have no symptoms.

As doctors and scientists continue to gather new information, it is important to take COVID-19 seriously and to keep working to slow the spread of the virus by:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Staying home when you can, even if you are not sick
  • Staying 6 feet away from others
  • Wearing a mask
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
  • At home, someone who is sick should stay alone and in one room as much as possible.

More information at Minnesota Dept. of Health.


Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

Common symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell

Less common symptoms - nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may be infected and never develop symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.

More information at Minnesota Dept. of Health.

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