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Everything you need to know about COVID-19

By: Brennan

CDC Symptoms to Watch for

  • 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


  • Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the US? This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
  • Should I cancel or postpone my trip? CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here.
  • Is it safe to go on a cruise? Cruises put large numbers of people, often from countries around the world, in frequent and close contact with each other. This can promote the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the virus that causes COVID-19. You may get sick from close contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces. CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time.
  • What is the risk of getting sick on an airplane? Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol.
  • What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause? Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
  • Should I be tested for COVID-19? If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions are available here.


COVID-19 Information

  • An up-to-date overview of Coronavirus cases in the United States is available here.
  • A current overview of the disease in Maryland is available here.
  • A current overview of the disease in Virginia is available here.
  • A current overview of the disease in DC is available here.
  • How to know if you’re at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.
  • How to find your county health department.