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.
Join us for a live Q & A with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet about the impacts of COVID-19. Topics will include rural healthcare, education, and small business support.
Watch live here or register to attend.
On April 16, 22 outlets joined together to report on the impact of the pandemic on Coloradans. The result: COVID Diaries Colorado, stories of grit, ingenuity and hope.
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 1.11 million 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