Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China on December 31, 2019 and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
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. Remember light switches and cell phones too.
Plan ahead for disasters. Learn how to stay safe. https://www.ready.gov
The Minnesota Helpline is available for COVID-19 related questions by calling 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504. The Helpline is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CDC phone number is 1-800-CDC-INFO or 1-800-232-4636.