What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. It is spread via respiratory droplets. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses on the CDC’s transmission page.
What should I do if I'm sick?

CDC provide clear guidance on steps you can take to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. See If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone for details. In general you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor

Additional COVID-19 Information

Protect Yourself: COVID-19 Safety

A few simple steps that you take now can greatly reduce the risk of spreading germs, including the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day.
  • Avoid close contact. Stay at least 6 feet apart (2 arms’ lengths) from others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face cover. COM cannot require you to use a mask, but we still encourage use, especially for those who are not vaccinated.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Monitor your health.

This guidance is summarized in this one page guide from CDC.


Links to Official COVID-19 Guidance