Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus

ECDOH COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929; Foreign language interpreting available.  The CDC also has resources available in multiple languages.

What is COVID-19?

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.  For the latest information, go to CDC COVID-19 website.   

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms which include:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell    
  • Diarrhea      
  • Some people can have severe complications. 

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). See CDC How COVID-19 Spreads.   

How can I help protect myself?

  • Get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Wear a mask. See how to use masks to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often and correctly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Watch this excellent video, share these great materials and safely use hand sanitizer  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands with soap and running water after touching the tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks).  See Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home and it is recommended to use EPA-registered household disinfectants.  Follow the instructions on the label (such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use) to ensure safe and effective use of the product. 
  • Practice Social Distancing. 
  • See how to protect yourself and others

What should I do if I have been in contact with someone that has symptoms of COVID-19?

What should I do if I get symptoms of COVID-19?

How do I get tested for COVID-19?  

Is there a vaccine or treatment?

What cleaning products should I use?

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks).  See Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home and it is recommended to use EPA-registered household disinfectants.  Follow the instructions on the label (such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use) to ensure safe and effective use of the product.  

Where do I find information about travel?

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Where can I find information about COVID-19 and Pregnancy?

Where can I find information about COVID-19 and Animals?

Where can I find community resources?

Additional Information

Use reliable, fact-based sources when seeking out information about COVID-19 and other public health topics. We recommend the following sites.

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