What is COVID-19?
How do you get it; What does it do; and What you should do
COVID-19 is a new illness spreading around the world. It's nickname is coronavirus.
So how do you get it:
1. Someone with COVID-19 gives you their germs.
2. When they cough or sneeze, their germs get in the air, on you, and on things.
3. Germs get into your body through your mouth, nose, and your eyes.
What happens if you have it?
1. A fever of 100.4° or higher.
2. Hard time breathing and coughing.
If these things happen to you, it does not mean you have coronavirus. Lots of people get a fever or cough. You could just have a cold or the flu.
If I am sick, when should I call a doctor?
1. Call if you have been out of the country.
2. Call if you have been with someone who has the virus.
3. Call if you have been at a place where people with COVID-19 got medical treatment.
4. Call your doctor, do not go to the office.
How sick do you get?
Most people do not get very sick. It is like having a cold or the flu. Some older people and people with disabilities may get really sick and may end up in the hospital.
How can I stay healthy, or not get it?
1. Wash your hands.
2. Use lots of soap and water.
3. Wash for at least 20 seconds. If it helps, count to 20.
4. Wash after using the bathroom or being in public (like going to the store).
5. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Know that washing well with soap and water is still better.
6. Coughing and sneezing into your elbow stops germs from going into the air and onto your hands.
7. Try not to touch your face.
8. Do not rub your eyes.
9. Do not touch your mouth.
10. Do not touch your nose.
11. Stay at least 6 feet away from individuals (Social Distancing).
Try to keep your hands busy:
Tap your knee.
Click a pen.
Use a fidget spinner.
Use hand sanitizer.
Squeeze a stress ball.
Play a game on your device.
If I am sick, what should I do?
1. Call your doctor. Do NOT go to a hospital or Urgent Care.
2. Call your doctor again if you are getting worse.
3. Call back if you are having trouble breathing.
4. Do what your doctor says.
5. Stay home.
6. Use tissues, then throw them away.
7. Avoid contact with others.
8. Keep objects and surfaces clean.
What do I do if someone I live with gets sick?
Someone else living in your home could get coronavirus or think they have these germs in their body. Stay at least 6 feet away from the sick person. Do not touch surfaces or food that the sick person has touched. Keep washing your hands well.
How do I say hello to my friends?
1. No handshaking. No hugging. No fistbumps.
2. Smile, bump elbows, text, call, message.
Where can I go these days?
Stay away from large groups.
No movie theaters or malls.
Try to avoid public transportation.
Go to the grocery store during the day when it is not crowded.
Do not share food or drinks.
Why is it important to do all of this?
You don't want your grandparents to get sick, do you?
Some people with disabilities get sick really easily. You would feel awful if you got your friends or family sick.