Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated to COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus, a family of viruses responsible for a portion of common colds. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 epidemic a pandemic. There is no known cure or vaccine for COVID-19, though researchers are aggressively looking to create both. People infected with the virus may experience no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe respiratory illness like pneumonia. Elders, people with existing medical conditions, and people with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Younger people with no medical history are still at risk for becoming critically ill due to COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water throughout the day for at least 20 seconds using the WHO Technique.
For times when soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizers with at least 70% alcohol.
Use disinfecting wipes or sprays in your home daily on high touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles, phones, tablets, computers, remotes, packages, etc.
Outside the home, try to avoid touching surfaces and carry disinfecting wipes and sprays for surfaces you must touch.
Many people carry COVID-19 and show mild or no symptoms. People may spread the virus to others, even if no symptoms are present.
To protect yourself and others, stay home if possible. When outside the home, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Apple has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to offer an online COVID-19 Screening Tool. The tool asks a series of health and exposure questions to generate next steps for individuals.
Click the image to access on any device.
Healthcare systems have a limited capacity at any given time when it comes to how many seriously ill COVID-19 patients they can treat. This depends on a number of factors, including availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds, ventilators, healthcare professionals, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The goal of flattening the curve is to spread out, over time, the number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients entering healthcare systems. This helps to lessen the likelihood of overwhelming healthcare systems so that most, if not all, people seeking care can get it.
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