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Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
The CDC recommends these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can when eligible. People 5 years old and over are currently eligible.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowded areas and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Common Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 can affect everyone in different ways and symptoms have varying levels of severity. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms could have COVID-19 and it’s a good idea for them to schedule an appointment with their doctor to determine the appropriate next steps for care:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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Check out this helpful guide to help you determine what the symptoms you are experiencing might indicate, but remember to call your provider and communicate any health concerns you have.
Reduce Your Risk
The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance on how to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, and lower your risk of infection. There are actions you can take today to help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others outside of your immediate family
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you are around others, especially in a public setting and when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or sanitize your hands using an alcohol-based sanitizer
- Stay out of situations where you know there will be a large crowd or group of unmasked people
- Stay home if you are sick and encourage family members to do the same
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
For more information on COVID-19 disease prevention, visit the CDC website.
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