Island TV has compiled some information about the virus that causes COVID-19, provided by the CDC to help you stay up-to-date. For more information about COVID-19, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and want to get tested, call your doctor first. Also check with your state or local health department, which will have the latest information on testing. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
Social distancing is one of the best tools to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. To help slow the spread of the virus, keep these key times in mind for when to use social distancing
- Inside your home if someone is sick
- Outside your home when around people who are not in your household
- If you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
How to Wear a Face Covering
COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Face coverings, when worn over the nose and mouth, reduce the spray of respiratory droplets when the person wearing them coughs, sneezes, talks, or shouts.
Did you know? Among adults, the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. Everyone can take steps to reduce their risk of getting sick:
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Wear a cloth face covering when out in public
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
What To Do If You’re Sick
Do you think you may have COVID-19? If you think you’re sick, follow guidance about when to call your doctor:
- Monitor your symptoms
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Avoid close contact with others when you’re out
Most people who get COVID-19 can take care of themselves at home. If you need to see a doctor, take precautions to protect yourself and others around you.
Protecting Older Adults
Older adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you or those you care for are at higher risk for severe illness, you should:
- Limit contact with others as much as possible
- Keep away from others who are sick
- Limit close contact with others
- Wash your hands often
Travel by Car, Bus, or Train
If you travel, take these steps to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 during your trip:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with others
- Wear a cloth face covering in public
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores