COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2, a type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19, the latter of which first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, the first caused by a coronavirus.
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How to protect yourself
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow shirt sleeve or a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
- 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
- Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations
- If COVID-19 does begin to spread in Summit County, at-risk individuals should stay home as much as possible to avoid contact with other people
What to do if you think you have the new coronavirus
- Stay home if you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Wear a face mask (a surgical mask, if you have one) or cover your cough and sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t share personal items (drinking glass or utensils) with others.
- Call your health care provider if your symptoms worsen. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department unannounced.
- Your doctor’s office will assess your illness on the phone, which may include information or other guidance for you and household members.
How deadly is COVID-19?
- MERS (2012): 34% death rate, more than 858 deaths
- SARS (2003): 10% death rate, 774 deaths
- COVID-19 pandemic (2019): 0.25% to 3.0% death rate, about 326,000 deaths
- H1N1 flu pandemic (swine flu, 2009): 0.02% death rate, 151,000-575,000 deaths
Is there an outbreak in Summit County?
Yes. Health officials have confirmed community spread in Summit County.
Resources for reliable information
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel information
- Summit County Public Health
- Centura Health (St. Anthony Summit Medical Center)
- Real-time information about the virus is available on the Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 303-389-1687, 877-462-2911 and firstname.lastname@example.org