HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF DEKALB COUNTY GOVERNMENT

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Damon Scott, Human Services Director

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the links below to find answers to the following questions:

How It Spreads
Person-to-person spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
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How to Protect Yourself
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Clean your hands often
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Symptoms & Testing
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
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What Older Adults & People at Risk for Serious Illness
Need to Know

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
• Older adults
• People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Lung disease

Get Ready:
• Stock up on supplies.
• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
• Avoid crowds as much as possible.
• Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
• During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

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Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Protect yourself and your community! Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Click the links below to prepare and take action for COVID-19:

At Home
At Work
Community-and Faith-Based Organizations
Large Community Events/Mass Gaterhings
Homeless Shelters

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The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and we are taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you.

For the updated information about COVID-19 log on to:
dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

Find answers to frequently asked questions at
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

Flyers and handouts:
Know the Facts
Stop the Spread of Germs
Get Your Family & Home Prepared
COVID-19 Symptoms

Visit the Human Services Website https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/human-development/human-services