Coronavirus FAQs - What You Need to Know | UHSM

Learning about the Coronavirus, how it spreads, and what we can do to protect ourselves is an important step to curbing this outbreak. There is a lot of good information our there via official sources, as well as a lot of misinformation and hysteria via questionable sources. As you learn and read about COVID-19 for you and your family, we urge you to “consider the source.”

With that in mind, here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying about the Coronavirus.

  • COVID-19 is a rare and specific Coronavirus, similar to MERS and SARS, that originated from animals and managed to spread to people
  • This strain was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China
  • The virus is “community spread”, meaning it can expand easily and sustainably within geographic areas, including to people who are not sure how or where they became infected
  • No one knows for certain if warmer weather will stop or slow the outbreak, “there is much more to learn”
  • If you show symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing—and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or recently traveling from an infected area, stay home and call your care provider

There is a host of good information on the CDC site, so please visit the FAQ page for more information including:

  • How it Spreads
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • Symptoms & Testing
  • What CDC is Doing to Help


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