Learn about COVID-19 symptoms and get up-to-date recommendations on how to best protect you and your family.
The newly identified coronavirus disease is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV 2. First identified in China in December 2019, COVID-19 has infected thousands of people around the world. While this coronavirus is new, it is not the only coronavirus. Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, commonly infect people, and are associated with the common cold.
FACT 1: Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
FACT 2: Some people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19.
People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risk
FACT 3: For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 web page.
Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
FACT 4: You can help stop Coronavirus by knowing the signs and symptoms:
• Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you
• Develop symptoms
• Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
FACT 5: There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.