What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus and is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets) or with objects or surfaces contaminated by the causative virus, and is characterized especially by a fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure.
What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear within 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How is COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled in the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. COVID-19 may be spready by people who are not showing symptoms.
It 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 eyes.
How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- 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.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for distancing.
- If you are not wearing a cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- If you are sick, contact your healthcare provider.
For student protocols related to COVID-19, please refer to pages 10-18 in the San Benito CISD Reopening Plan. The Reopening Plan can be accessed here:
COVID-19 Cases Reported by Texas Public Schools
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