Coronavirus Pandemic - COVID-19
What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the new respiratory disease spreading around the world and it is caused by a coronavirus. COVID-19 is short for “coronavirus disease 2019.”


The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

People are most contagious when they are the sickest. But those who don’t have a lot of symptoms can still pass the virus on to others.

There is currently no vaccine or cure for COVID-19 but researchers are working to find one.

What are COVID-19’s symptoms?

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are changing as more is learned about the disease. For the most up-to-date symptom list, visit the CDC’s website.


Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe illness.

If you or someone you know has symptoms, our Screening Tool will recommend best next steps

There is currently no vaccine or cure for COVID-19 but researchers are working to find one.

Who is at high risk for COVID-19?

Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19, but some people are at a higher risk of serious illness.


Generally speaking, adults aged 65 and older and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

When should I see a doctor?

Knowing when to see a doctor can keep medical care available for those who need it most.


If you have mild symptoms, call your doctor before going into their office. Many physicians’ offices are doing virtual visits. They will tell you what to do based on your location.

Testing is limited-availability across the country and is currently being prioritized for healthcare workers, emergency medical service providers, police, and other essential workers, so please consult your doctor for availability in your local area.

If you develop emergency warning signs, call 911. Main emergency warning signs include: severe, constant chest pain or pressure; extreme difficulty breathing; severe, constant lightheadedness; or serious disorientation or unresponsiveness.