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Be in the Know about COVID-19

Post Date:03/10/2020 12:28 PM

COVID19 infographicThe City of Marion is working in partnership with Linn County Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our community.

WHAT IS KNOWN

  • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
  • No vaccine or treatment is currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.

HOW THE VIRUS SPREADS

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease. 
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/inside of arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick and do not go out in public until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or have signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

MORE INFORMATION

Iowa Department of Public Health - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10)

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