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Coronavirus - Public Health

STAY HEALTHY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides important information on how to protect yourself, how the coronavirus spreads, what the symptoms are, and more: 
www.coronavirus.gov


COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Berrien County Coronavirus updates
Allegan County Coronavirus updates
Kalamazoo County Coronavirus updates
St. Joseph County Coronavirus updates
Van Buren and Cass County Coronavirus updates

INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Information on COVID-19 and pregnant women and children

FAQ ON THE CORONAVIRUS 


Q: What is a novel coronavirus? 
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Q: Should I cancel or postpone my travel?
A: CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here. The State Department also provides travel-related recommendations.
Read more FAQ's at CDC.gov.

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
  • Washing your hands
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick


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