What is it?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
There are a wide range of symptoms, and these can range from mild to severe. Possible symptoms include (but are not limited to), fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, and headache.
How is it transmitted?
COVID-19 is spread when an infected person breathes out droplets and these small particles contain the virus. It is then breathed in by other people, or lands on their eyes, nose, or mouth. In certain circumstances, surfaces may become contaminated.
Who does it primarily affect?
COVID-19 can affect anyone, but certain factors can increase your risk of getting infected, including the severity.
Exposure Risk Factors: Length of time, level of exertion, displaying symptoms, ventilation, and distance.
Severity Risk Factors: Older adults, immunocompromised or weakened immune system, underlying health conditions.
Is there a vaccine?
Yes, and the vaccine guidance was updated by the CDC on September 12, 2023. ECPHD carries the Moderna 2023-2024 Updated COVID-19 Vaccine. Call 217-465-2212 to see if you or your child qualifies to receive the vaccine and to schedule an appointment.
What other prevention steps can you take for COVID-19?
Improve ventilation, move indoor activities outdoors when possible, and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms. Currently, you can order free at-home tests through COVID.gov.