Information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

​For more information, call the COVID-19 hotline 210.207.5779

(The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District)

PREVENT, SYMPTOMS, TRANSMISSION, WHAT TO DO IF SICK

 

PREVENT

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

SYMPTOMS

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath 

TRANSMISSION / PROTECTION

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people in close contact (about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • It may be possible (but not main method of spread) that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

WHAT TO DO IF SICK

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas & public transportation.

  • Separate yourself from other people in your home as much as possible.

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick when you are around other people.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue throw used tissues in a lined trashcan.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

  • Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Hand sanitizer: If soap & water not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

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

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Community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.

 

Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.