Coronavirus: Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus?

The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including close contact between people (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes or by touching objects that have the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
The illness caused by the coronavirus is known as COVID-19. Reported cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. More severe cases can lead to pneumonia and there have been some deaths. Individuals who suffer from chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of potentially more serious complications.​

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the disease in the first place. In addition, simple preventative actions will help limit the spread of the virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Bristol Health is participating in the national effort to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to help put an end to the pandemic. We will be following all federal and state guidelines in vaccination priorities.

Click here to learn more about the vaccine.

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