What is COVID-19?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person that has not been previously identified. It is currently in the United States and most other countries in the world. Health experts are concerned because this new virus spreads easily and has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people — especially people over age 60 or who have weakened immune systems.

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1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. What are the symptoms?
4. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
5. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
6. How is COVID-19 treated?
7. Why is the mask / face covering mandate in place?
8. Am I required to wear a mask / face covering?
9. Who should get tested for COVID-19?
10. How do I get a test for COVID-19?
11. Should I get tested for COVID-19?
12. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
13. Is quarantine different from isolation?
14. How does self-quarantine work?
15. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
16. What should I do if I get sick or someone in my household gets sick?
17. When should I seek emergency medical attention?
18. What should I do if I have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
19. How can I prepare for an outbreak?
20. How can I prepare for COVID-19 at work?
21. How can I support local businesses during this time?
22. What mental health resources are available to help cope with COVID-19?