What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread
from person to person and is diagnosed with a laboratory test. The virus
that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified
during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing,
practicing respiratory etiquette such as coughing into a tissue or the
bend of your elbow, social distancing and staying home when you are sick.
The spread of this new coronavirus is being monitored by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and
health organizations across the globe. On March 11th, the World Health
Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. CaroMont Health
is actively working with the state and with partners throughout the region
to ensure that our community is as protected as possible.