COVID-19 Basics

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily through close physical contact (within about 6 feet) with an infected person. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person talk, coughs, or sneezes.

Photo courtesy of CDC / Alissa Eckert, MSMI; Dan Higgins, MAMS

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms typically appear within 2-14 days after exposure, and may include but are not limited to:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

Some people may not develop symptoms, but can still spread the virus to others.

HIGH RISK GROUPS

Groups at risk for developing serious illness or death include people over 65, people on dialysis, and people with preexisting conditions like:

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Lung diseases (like asthma or COPD)

  • Any condition that weakens the immune system

If you think you may have been exposed to or developed COVID-19, check your symptoms and contact your healthcare provider or call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 for medical advice.

For more, information on COVID-19, review these resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

FLYERS AND RESOURCES TO SHARE

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MICHIGAN CEAL RESOURCES

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Stop the Spread! (Michigan)

Stop the Spread! (non-Michigan)

¡Detenga la Propagación! (Michigan)

¡Detenga la Propagación! (no Michigan)

Stop the Spread! (English, Seniors)

Stop the Spread! (English, Young Adults)

OTHER RESOURCES

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Face Masks & COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Contact Tracing Fact Sheet

VIDEOS ON COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19

How COVID-19 Spreads

Managing COVID-19

How COVID-19 Affects Your Heart

How COVID-19 Affects Your Lungs

How COVID-19 Affects Your Blood