HD 102 COVID-19 Community Resources

What is SARS-CoV-2?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (COVID-19) first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, person-to-person spread has been confirmed. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus can be spread between people.  

Signs and symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection commonly include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Sore throat also has been reported in some patients. This novel coronavirus has the potential to cause severe pneumonia and death. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older patients and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s  web page. (Source: About COVID-19), CDC)




Community Resources

Prevention of COVID‑19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take steps to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the steps you take to avoid the flu. 

DSHS recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.

  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


DSHS also recommends that you start practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It's a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.


See the CDC website for more information on what you can do at home to prevent the spread of COVID‑19: 

At Risk Groups

Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions.

  • Vulnerable populations include people who are:

    • 60 years old and older;

    • People with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.


*For vulnerable populations, don’t go to gatherings (of 10 people or more).

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should: stock up on supplies; take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others; when you go out in public, keep away from others; limit close contact and wash your hands often; and avoid crowds, and non-essential travel.

Symptoms of COVID‑19

Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty. Breathing

  • Loss of Taste/Smell

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or Body Aches

  • Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Learn more about COVID‑19 symptoms on the CDC website.

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