Staying Safe During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

COVID-19 is an infectious virus and respiratory illness that can lead to mild symptoms, severe illness, and even death. It is having a catastrophic effect on people throughout the country, disrupting and impacting lives across the world. The virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced from those infected. Avoiding exposure to the virus is a critical prevention tactic. It is equally important to prevent others from being exposed as well.


What are the signs and symptoms for COVID-19?

COVID-19 is easily spread, while the nature of severity can present itself differently to everyone who has the illness. Many people are asymptomatic and may not even know they are carrying the illness. However, the other side of the illness carries harsh and debilitating signs and symptoms. According to the CDC, these signs and symptoms may include:

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

Contact a doctor, medical professional, or emergency service immediately if any of these emergency warning signs occur:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face


How can I apply safety precautions to protect myself and others?

Enacting COVID-19 safety measures can lower the risk of you or a loved one being exposed to the virus. Understanding and implementing these CDC recommended tips can go a long way to staying safe:

  • Wash your hands often – clean off any potential germs as soon as possible to limit risk of infection
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact – maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others – if you are over the age of 2 years old, wearing a mask is recommended for anyone in a social setting to prevent the spread of particles onto others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes – prevent potential spread by covering your mouth and nose, throwing used tissues in the trash, and immediately washing your hand after
  • Clean and disinfect – clean and disinfect frequently contacted surfaces on a daily basis
  • Monitor Your Health Daily – check your temperature daily and watch for signs and symptoms


Where can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial?

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