Coronavirus and You

What is the Coronavirus COVID-19 and Why is it Important to Know About It?

COVID-19 is a coronavirus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019 and originated in China.  Coronaviruses have been around for a very long time.  Swine Flu, SARS, and MERS are all examples of previous coronaviruses.  This strain of coronavirus is new and has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia.  The newness of this strain and the highly contagious nature of it is what has health experts concerned.

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PROTECT YOURSELF & THOSE AROUND YOU

At this point, it is about protecting yourself from possible infection and mitigating the effects on everyone.  This is very important since it spreads from person to person contact.  Health Experts call this "Flattening the Curve."  The more we can protect ourselves from getting infected or spreading the virus the better our Health System Infrastructure can take care of those that need it.

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SYMPTOMS & WHAT TO DO

Symptoms take up to 14 days to show.  They include fever, cough, shortness of breath.  Even if you are not showing strong symptoms you can still be contagious.  

If you show symptoms stay home, contact your health care provider and avoid contact with others to stop the spread.

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For More Information and Important Updates:

World Health Organization:who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: Michigan.gov/coronavirus
Wayne County Health, Human & Veteran Services:  waynecounty.com/departments/hhvs/wellness/novel-coronavirus-information.aspx

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