Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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What to Do If You Feel Sick

How can I protect myself?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Stay home unless you must get medical care or run an essential errand.
  • If possible, work from home to avoid exposure to germs.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Have Questions about COVID-19?

Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer COVID-19 questions. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. & can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Get Additional Information

Older Information:

Read Stay Safe Ohio Order Frequently Asked Questions

Ohio Department of Health Issues Stay at Home Order

On April 2, 2020, Ohio Department of Health extended the Stay at Home Order until May 1, 2020. Click here to view the Amended Stay at Home Order.

View Stay at Home Order FAQ in English and Spanish.

Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in Hamilton County on March 12, 2020. 

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