How COVID-19 Spreads
According to IDPH, Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to be mainly 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. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Preliminary data suggest older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems seems to be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the virus.
What To Do If You Are Sick
If you are sick and have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home unless you need medical attention. Remain in your home until you feel better and have no symptoms. Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home. While at home, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Those who need medical attention should contact their health care provider who will evaluate whether they can be cared for at home or need to be hospitalized.
How To Best Protect Yourself Against Infection
- Get your flu shot. Wash your hands frequently.
- Maintain social distancing. We recommended at least three feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent any type of virus from entering your body.
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze; dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
Information on COVID-19 in our communities, can be found here.
Questions regarding the Coronavirus should be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health:
- Illinois Department of Public Health
Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931, or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV, or visit the IDPH website.
- Cook County Department of Public Health
Call 708-633-4000 or visit their webpage.
Prepare Your Household for the Coronavirus
The CDC encourages all household members plan for community transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in their community.
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- State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Website
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- Text "UNEMPLOYMENT", "FOOD", or "SHELTER" to 552020 for Assistance
- Call: 833-673-5669 for Help with COVID-19 Symptoms
- IDPH Map of Confirmed COVID19 Cases by Zip Code
- IDPH Hotline: 1-800-889-3931
- IDPH Email for Questions about COVID-19: firstname.lastname@example.org
- IDPH Email for Info on State COVID Response: Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov
- Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Surveillance Data - Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Cook County Hotline: 708-633-3319
- Cook County Email: COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org
- Cook County Alerts: Text "alertcook" to 888-777