Help Slow COVID-19

What Do I Need To Know About Coronavirus?
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How It Spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person. Read on below.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms
to severe illness and death for confirmed Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
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How It Spreads:

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (practice social distancing).

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.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Fever

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days.

Cough

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days.

Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days.

Prevention

Travel Alert

Avoid non-essential travel to certain areas of the world.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Avoid Touching

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth..

Stay Home

Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Prevention: 

Wash your hands

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 

Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Governor Phil Murphy

“We take this situation very seriously and have been preparing for this for weeks.”

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending $14 million to New Jersey to fight the viral outbreak, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said Wednesday.

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COVID-19 Cases by County

New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard (source)