Additionally, paste this code immediately after the opening tag:

Resource

Coronavirus: Definition & Prevention

What is Covid-19 Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has spread internationally and to the United States. Patients are known to experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Important points to understand:

  • 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.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, generally between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

COVID testing is currently available for all Oakland County residents. Testing allows our Health Division to monitor the virus in our community and keep us safe and open. Testing is available for all residents age 18 and older with or without symptoms. For more information about COVID testing in Oakland County, please visit this link.

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection, while an antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection. Please note, an antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after an infection to produce antibodies. It is unknown at this time if having antibodies for the virus grants protection from future infection.

General guidelines for COVID-19 prevention include: continually practice social distancing, maintain an appropriate distance of six feet between people outside your home, wear a face covering when in public, and wash your hands regularly for twenty seconds, among other general hygiene practices.

Face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be made from household items. For more information on face coverings, please click here.

What Can We Do to Prevent the Spread?

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

FAQs

No items found.

No items found.

Stay Connected

SEND US A MESSAGE

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form