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COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by a type of coronavirus that started in the year 2019.
A respiratory infection is an illness that affects:
COVID-19 is very contagious, spreading easily from person to person. There are effective vaccines for COVID-19.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. This may happen in different ways:
If people have COVID-19, they must be isolated from other people to prevent spread of the virus. The CDC regularly updates guidelines about quarantine and isolation.
People with COVID-19 might have:
Some people who get COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.
Most people have only mild symptoms and can be cared for at home. But some people can become very sick and need to be treated in the hospital. For people who need care in the hospital, the medical team can monitor and treat their lungs to make sure their bodies continue to have enough oxygen.
In more severe cases, patients have needed more breathing support, such as a breathing tube or ventilator.
Get vaccinated if your doctor recommends it.
To prevent COVID-19, it is important to limit potential contact with the virus.
The term social distancing, or “physical distancing,” means staying at least 6 feet away from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The 6 feet of distance lessens your chance of breathing in coronavirus from someone around you. It is also important to avoid meeting in groups and limit the number of people you are around.
Social distancing doesn’t have to be boring or lonely! There are a lot of things you can continue to do.
It’s also okay to use this time to SLOW DOWN and PAUSE for a moment. This is an overwhelming and stressful time for many people. It can be hard to focus.
Right now, you may be feeling some uncertainty with COVID-19. If you have any questions, talk to your care team.
It is important to take care of yourself to help you stay strong physically and emotionally.
Remember that we cannot control everything, so it’s important to focus on what we can control, like taking care of ourselves.
Reviewed: January 2022