Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protecting Ourselves, It is important to follow these simple steps:

  • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness
  • Seek care immediately if you have recently traveled within the affected regions and are experiencing these symptoms
  • Always practice good hygiene – wash hands, cover mouths while coughing and sneezing, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils
  • Get an annual flu shot

Coronavirus symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 10-14 days.

Prevent Respiratory Illness
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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol based.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home when you’re sick, and keep your children home when they’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
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  • Don’t touch or shake hands with people who are sick.
  • Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health Call Center available 24/7 +1 (866) 779-6121 or email - and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. For updated information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit or

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