Stay informed about the Coronavirus here. This information 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.
Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. 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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading 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. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
What are severe complications from this virus?
Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.
How can I help protect myself?
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 are sick.
- 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.
What can I do to prevent the spread to others if I am sick?
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
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 can we do now that we have to stay at home?
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, we have 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.