COVID-19: Information, Symptoms & Resources

Information & Symptoms 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is transmitted through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Getting sick from these droplets requires proximity to an infected person, or touching a surface that might have a droplet, then touching your mouth, nose and possibly eyes. You are at low risk of contracting the virus unless you have recently traveled to an outbreak site or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Primary symptoms of the virus include: Fever - Dry cough - Shortness of breath. As Banner Health explains, in 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus. People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their health care provider early, even if their illness is mild.