Coronavirus: What you need to know
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Coronavirus: What you need to know—03/05/2020

There are many questions and concerns about the coronavirus (respiratory illness) called COVID-19 and we want to help you protect yourself.

How to protect yourself

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses like colds and the flu. COVID-19 is a new virus that has never been seen in humans. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says there is no vaccine for it. But you can protect yourself with basic habits to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean objects and surfaces you touch a lot.

The CDC also has more tips for people who are travelling.

If you think you are infected

Symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need medical care, stay home while you recover. If you are sick and plan to visit a doctor, please call the clinic before visiting so plans can be made to prevent exposing others to the illness. For emergencies, call 911.

Additional resources

If you have more questions about the virus, the CDC has answered frequently asked questions on its website.

We still don’t know much about COVID-19, so it is important to get information from credible sources, such as the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority .