WHAT IS COVID-19? WHAT CAUSES IT ?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by
a recently discovered coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause disease in both animals and people.
The first outbreak of COVID-19 occurred in Wuhan (China) in December 2019.
WHAT ARE THE SYMTOMS OF COVID-19?
The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath. Some patients may have muscle aches, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat or diarrhea. Complications may include pneumonia. The disease has a mortality rate of about 2%.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
It spreads when coming in close contact with another person who is infected with the virus, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It is possible to get the disease from contact with an object or surface contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Make sure that you practice social distancing.
To this date, there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medication to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive medical attention.
SOME PEOPLE CAN
SPREAD THE DISEASE BEFORE
SHOWING ANY SYMPTONS.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
- Avoid close contact with people
who are sick.
- Avoud touching your eyes, nose or
- mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often with water
- and soap. If not readily available, use
- an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with
- 60% alcohol
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR YOU
THINK THAT YOU HAVE BEEN
EXPOSED TO THE COVID-19, CONTACT
YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK
- Stay Home
Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing
or sneezing, than throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
- and surfaces
If your symptoms become severe, call the
- NYC Department of Health at 1 (866) 692-3641
Approved by SOMOS Chief Medical Officer, Diego Ponieman M.D. and Jacqueline Delmont