The coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause the common cold and more severe diseases such as COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19, which can appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure, can include fever, runny nose, cough, and breathing trouble.
Most develop only mild disease. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider immediately.
The CDC is recommending that Americans prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Decisions to take those steps will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.
The CDC has recommended that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, and is suggesting postponing nonessential travel to Japan. There are no domestic (U.S.) travel restrictions.
Community associations, CAI chapters, management companies, and business partners should take the appropriate measures to ensure a hygienic environment, including regular cleaning of common areas and meeting spaces, and refilling of soap and hand sanitizers.
The best way to prevent the spread of illnesses, such as COVID-19, seasonal flu, and other respiratory viruses and germs, is to practice everyday preventive actions, including:
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