Much of the information in the following FAQ is originally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. It is now clear that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily and sustainably between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Reported symptoms include the following:
- 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
Older adults and people with medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19, but anyone can develop mild to severe symptoms. Find out more, including when to seek medical attention, at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
How can I help protect myself and others?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Some simple everyday actions can help prevent the spread of the virus. These include:
- Avoid close contact with people who do not live with you.
- Wear a mask or face covering, making sure to cover your mouth and nose, when around others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
Find more information about what to do if you are sick, caring for someone who is sick, or if you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html.
Is there a vaccine?
Yes, there are now more than one authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States. Find out more about these vaccines at the CDC page here, and about New Jersey's vaccine distribution plans here. Visit New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccine web page for more state-specific information, including how to pre-register for the vaccine.
How do I stay up to date with accurate information?
Check for new information as it is published by trusted public health agencies, such as the following:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Medline Plus
- NJ Department of Health
- World Health Organization
What if my job or ability to work is affected?
The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development page has information about NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including details about Earned Sick Leave, Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Disability and Family Leave, and even Workers Compensation.
You also may want to visit the State of NJ COVID-19 jobs and hiring portal: "The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community."
What is the library doing now that public access is restricted?
The library is offering and planning many remote, virtual, contactless and low-contact services, including Door-side Pickup of library materials. Please visit this page for details, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for updates and great virtual content! Feel free to call 732-745-5108 x20 with any questions; a librarian will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
In addition, the library has many Online Resources, some you can use to access e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV shows, and music on your smart device/computer; some you can use to do research or learn about certain topics; some you can use for looking into your family history or simply looking through digitized newspapers from years past. In addition, early on in this shut-down, we created a new web page on which we link to other (temporarily free) e-book resources, as well as some websites that might be useful to help entertain and educate.