What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by 2019-nCoV, a strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Since COVID-19 began spreading in late 2019, it has reached every continent on the planet – except Antarctica.
COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that causes mild to severe respiratory illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Shortness of breath
Read more about symptoms here.
If you are experiencing symptoms and are unsure whether you should get tested, call your health care provider for advice and instructions. In addition, the CDC has a self-checker to help individuals make decisions and seek appropriate medical care here.
From the CDC:
People at Risk
Most severe illness from COVID-19 tends to occur in older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions like asthma. For more information on the groups considered more at risk of contracting severe illness, click here.
Unfortunately, there is no FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19. However, the NIH is researching and working rapidly to develop a vaccine and identify effective treatments and therapeutics for COVID-19.
For the latest progress updates, check the following websites:
The best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 is to practice social distancing (avoid groups of more than 10 people), thoroughly and frequently wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds), daily disinfect often touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.
For information on confirmed U.S. cases and updates from the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, check the following websites:
For more information about cases and testing in Oklahoma, check the following:
For information on the global spread of COVID-19, check the following:
I will also regularly update this page of my website with the latest information related to the federal government’s response to COVID-19, including legislation.