Reported cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness resulting in death. The following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure:
- Fever or chills
- 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
When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The CDC continues to advise face masks for everyone, except children 2 and younger, especially for those with respiratory conditions to prevent the spread of illnesses. Additionally, studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Therefore, the CDC recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain the recommended 6-foot social distance such as grocery stores or pharmacies. This is a voluntary public health measure recommended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Those most at risk of contracting coronavirus:
According to the CDC, some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Precautions you can take to avoid contracting coronavirus include:
- Practicing basic hygiene is the single-most effective way to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases, including COVID-19.
- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth when coughing.
- Sneeze using a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash immediately following use.
- Get a flu shot.
- If you get sick, please stay home from work, school or other places where you are in close frequent contact with other people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched "community" objects and surfaces.
Visit the Southern Nevada Health District website for local updates and current information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The public can call the Health District’s Information Line at (702) 759-INFO (4636) with questions about coronavirus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Additionally, remember the key steps recommended for general emergency preparedness:
- Get a disaster supply kit. The kit should contain items for you and your family's basic needs for two weeks, including food and water, and provisions for infants, medically fragile family members and pets.
- Create an emergency plan. Family members may not be together when an emergency occurs, so it's important to plan in advance how you will connect with one another.
- Be informed. Visit the emergency preparedness pages of Clark County's website to learn more.
Managing Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has created a section on its website devoted to mental health and coping with COVID-19.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Signs you may be experiencing stress and anxiety include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
Recommended ways to cope with stress include:
- Taking breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories including social media
- Taking deep breaths, stretching and exercising regularly
- Eating healthy, well-balanced meals
- Connecting with people you love and trust
24-Hour Crisis Support Telephone Resources:
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Crisis Support Services of Nevada: Call 1-800-273-8255, or text CARE (2273) to 839863.