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What you need to know about coronavirus

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By Optum Perks Author

Every day we’re hearing more about the spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. It has been found in a number of other countries, as well as in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called it a global health threat.

What are the signs of COVID-19?

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 - 14 days after exposure. They may include:


• Fever • Cough • Having trouble breathing • Feeling unwell or very run down or tired

Use this online tool to find out if you may have COVID-19. If your symptoms are serious, you'll be told the next steps to take.  You can also call your primary care doctor or your local health department.

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How do I keep from catching COVID-19?

There's still a lot to learn about the new virus, including how it spreads from person to person. But here are some general rules from WHO on how to protect yourself.


• Maintain social distancing. This means avoiding groups of people and keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and others • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of any germs • Stay away from anyone who has a fever or cough. • Don’t share cups or utensils with people who are sick. • If you have a fever or cough, see your doctor right away. • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.

If you’re planning to travel, stay up to date on the CDC’s travel warnings.