Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can range from mild to severe. The symptoms may appear from 2-14 days after exposure, and include:
-Shortness of breath
COVID-19 is spread from person to person, through respiratory droplet when a patient coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible to catch the virus by touching a surface that an infected patient has touched, and then touching the mouth or nose.
The elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as underlying heart or lung problems are at higher risk.
Current CDC recommendations include hand washing, avoiding sick contacts, and cleaning surfaces with regular household detergent and water. If hand soap is not available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
Tomorrow: What to do if you have been exposed to the coronavirus.