What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2). It affects different people in different ways. Some people do not have any symptoms, while others can have symptoms that range from mild to extremely severe leading to hospitalization or death. Even people who do not have symptoms initially can experience long-term complications.

 

COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that feel like a cold or flu, but it can also harm other parts of the body.

PREVENTION

How can you protect yourself and others?

  • Get vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Social distance, stay 6 feet away from others especially those not part of your household.

  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as handles, countertops, phones, bathrooms, and tables.

  • Monitor your health daily, Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

VACCINATION

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible for a free COVID vaccination.

The different vaccines are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech: available for people 12 years and older. It is 2 shots, the second shot given 3 weeks after the first.

  • Moderna: available for people 18 years and older. It is 2 shots, the second shot given 4 weeks after the first. 

  • Johnson & Johnson's Janssen: Available for those 18 years and older. It is 1 shot. 

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