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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has now reached every continent except Antarctica and with daily news reports and information sharing, it can be hard to know what steps to take. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
How is it transmitted? Like the flu, COVID-19 is passed through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact to surfaces or people who have the virus.
What are the symptoms? Fever and cough are the most common symptoms, but some experience shortness of breath. Symptoms appear between 2-14 days after exposure.
How prevalent is it in the United States? As of March 23, there have been over 33,000 confirmed cases, with 400 fatalities.
How can I protect myself? Good hygiene! Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol content) can be helpful too. Other preventive measures and preparedness planning can be found here.
Should I avoid traveling? The U.S. Department of State has issued travel advisories for several countries. Stay up to date and plan accordingly.