COVID-19: Symptoms and Prevention
1) What is the coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory illness. According to the New York State Department of Health, common symptoms are fever and cough.
Emergency Warning Signs Include:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
- Experiencing confusion or trouble waking up
- Bluish lips or face
Call for medical attention immediately.
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms include cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste or smell. Headache, tiredness, and chest pain may also be symptoms. Less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing medical conditions appear to be at a greater risk of becoming severely ill.
2) Has Geneva or the surrounding area had many cases of COVID-19?
- Information about cases in New York can be found on the COVID-19 site of the State of New York. Information about cases in Ontario County can be found on the county’s COVID-19 webpage.
- Although Hobart and William Smith are located in a geographic area that has avoided significant infection, the health and wellbeing of our entire community and of Geneva is the Colleges’ top priority.
3) Are there ways to prevent contracting the virus?
Yes. The CDC has a number of recommendations and public health officials recommend the following steps:
- Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cough into your elbow or a tissue and not your hands. Dispose of the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Practice healthy habits by getting plenty of sleep, managing stress and drinking plenty of fluids.