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Coronavirus and What It Means

Mar. 05, 2020

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses have been around for decades and are perhaps best known for causing illnesses like the common cold, with symptoms like coughing, sneezing and other breathing issues. In late 2019, a new coronavirus was found.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

  • Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call first and tell them about any recent travel and symptoms.
  • The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is advising that if you have reason to believe you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus please call your primary care provider or the NMDOH hotline at 1-505-827-0006. The state is doing their best to keep people who may be infected out of primary care clinics and emergency rooms. DOH is prepared to offer direction to providers and individuals as to next steps in those situations.
  • For the most up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease Control Learn more about third-party links.

What can you do to keep yourself and others healthy?

According to the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC): There is no vaccine at this time to prevent COVID-19. The best way to stop the virus is to not get exposed to it. But, keep in mind, CDC always suggests these everyday good habits to help stop the spread of breathing illnesses:

  • Don't go near people who are sick.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect often-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information

The CDC offers up-to-date information  about COVID-19.

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