What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease that causes flu-like symptoms. Most cases are mild to moderate. Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may include: fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.

Source – MaineHealth. (2020, March 13). COVID-19.

Informational Links about COVID-19

Maine CDC:
Maine CDC will host a COVID-19 media brief at 2:00 PM EDT Monday-Friday.

You can sign up for updates on public health from the Maine CDC at:

MaineHealth is in daily contact with Maine CDC and US CDC to monitor the spread of the outbreak.

Medlineplus (and links to CDC, other resources)

Federal CDC
CDC Summary of COVID-19
John Hopkins University

World Health Organization (WHO)

Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.

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How can I protect myself and my family?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Call your family doctor if you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing AND

  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR
  • Have recently traveled to an active outbreak area

Please do not go straight to a hospital or other health care facility. Call your doctor first. They’ll need to prepare for your arrival. Your doctor will also work with the state’s public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Source – MaineHealth. (2020, March 13). COVID-19.