WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Citizens call the CCNCPHD number at (361) 826-7200. Criteria now includes if an individual has any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (subjective or confirmed with thermometer)
- Cough (dry or wet)
- Allergy like symptoms
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain, body aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or altered sense of taste (foods taste differently)
- Loss of smell or altered sense of smell (things smell differently)
- Intermittent symptoms (feeling better and then worse intermittently)
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing, sneezing, talking, and breathing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
- Rarely, fecal contamination.
HOW CAN I AVOID CATCHING OR SPREADING THE CORONAVIRUS?
To avoid catching or spreading the virus, CDC recommends:
- Stay home if you can when the risk for contracting the virus is high.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Use social distancing practices, keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others
- Wear a mask when in public to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You may also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as directed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with CDC recommended cleaners.