Prevention and Vaccine

Should I wear a facemask?  

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. N95 masks for HCW and surgical masks for people. 

Is there a vaccine? 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  

If the temperature outside gets hot enough, will the virus die?   

It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months.  At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. 

How do I properly disinfect surfaces?    

When cleaning use any product that kills germs. The CDC has a list of EPA approved disinfectants on their website. Wear gloves when cleaning, disposable or dishwashing gloves. If using reusable gloves wash the gloves with soap and water when you are finished and let dry completely before using again. 

The virus was said to be airborne. What precautionary measures are being taken to keep the virus from being spread at the drive-through testing centers? 

Persons being tested are asked to remain in the car.  No non-household members should be in the car.  Staff taking samples will use CDC recommendations for protective clothing and equipment.   


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Exposure and Spread of Virus
Isolation and Quarantine
Protection
Symptoms
Testing