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What you need to know: COVID-19 health & safety resources.

Your family may have questions about COVID-19, and we’re here to help.  We’ve put together a list of health and safety resources from the CDC, Johns Hopkins University, and more — to give you peace of mind and quickly find the information you need, all in one place.

How do I find out if where I live has been affected?

The Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine created a map that continuously updates its locations with the number of confirmed cases. You can search by both state and county to see if your location has been affected. View the map here.

Has my state issued a stay-at-home order?

As more and more states have begun implementing stay-at-home directives, it’s important to have real-time information. The New York Times offers updates by state on a clickable map. Find yours here.

Where can I easily find COVID-19 FAQs on symptoms and prevention?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers comprehensive resources and information, from determining symptoms to proper care and more. For quick reference, we’ve pulled the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19’s incubation period is from 2-14 days, with some of the main symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Need to know more? The CDC lists them all here — as well as advice on when to talk to your doctor. 

  • What do I do if I’m sick?

The first recommendation is to self isolate, so you have a lower risk of passing COVID-19 along to others. You can review a list of more recommendations, plus get tips on how to care for yourself if you believe you have contracted the virus, here.

  • What preventative measures can I take?

Public health experts have advised us to wash our hands often, to avoid close contact with others, to wear masks while in public, and not to touch our faces. For more guidance, review the full list here.

  • How do I care for a sick loved one?

If you find yourself in a caretaker role, give them plenty of fluids, have contact with their doctor, and monitor them for any worsening symptoms. To minimize your risk of contracting the virus while caring for your sick loved one, be sure to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face. Protect other family members by minimizing their exposure and having them follow the same preventative measures. See detailed information here.

Have more questions about COVID-19 or need more information? To stay up to date on everything you need to know, you can follow the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response on Facebook here.

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