A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The Coronavirus is a respiratory disease, referred to as “COVID-19.” This disease is putting a significant strain on healthcare professionals and our healthcare system’s capacity to treat new and existing patients.
Are you at high risk for COVID-19?
- Click here to read the latest information from the Center for Disease Control.
- If your immune system is compromised, please watch this video from the Immune Deficiency Foundation published on March 18th.
If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in Queen Village, click here to read what the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends.
Even if you feel fine, you CAN be a carrier of the virus and infect someone else! It could take 2-4 weeks to show symptoms. Here’s the latest list of the symptoms to look for from the CDC.
A pandemic may last months or even years.
Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
The best way to prevent getting it is to avoid being exposed to the flu virus that causes COVID-19. The first thing to do is to practice “social distancing.”
Please read the CDC’s current information about how the virus spreads. The top three ways include, but are not limited to:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This is called “social distancing.” Click here to find out how the World Health Organization (WHO) defines social distancing.
- When an infected person’s face, hands, saliva or mucus touches you; or you are touched or inhale respiratory droplets from their cough or sneeze.
- It’s also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touches their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.