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About the coronavirus

About the Coronavirus

What is the coronavirus?
SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, the disease.

How is it spread?

  • Transmission of the COVID-19 virus is thought to occur mainly from person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • People are most contagious when most symptomatic (sickest).
    Spread may also be possible when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their own mouth, nose or their eyes.
  • It is possible for people to spread COVID-19 before symptoms occur, but this is less likely.

Symptoms

How quickly will symptoms appear?
Symptoms typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure (usually 5 days).

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Symptoms include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, nasal congestion, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Older adults and people with preexisting conditions are most at risk for severe illness. • Fatality rates are estimated at 2.5-3% overall, primarily in older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
    • Note 97-99.75% of people recover, and ~ 80% have only a mild illness.
      The fatality rate in people under 65 years old and with no other medical conditions is <1%.

Prevention of spread

How can the spread of COVID-19 be prevented?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

Vaccine registration information

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are now available in North Texas. For information on eligibility and registration requirements, which vary among vaccine providers, click on the county health department link.

Vaccine informational resources

Additional public health agency resources