- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Chicago Department of Public Health
- Chicago Medical Society
- Government Agencies
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Illinois State Medical Society
- Medical Organizations
- State of Illinois
Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus not previously seen in humans.
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The most common signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, which are similar to the symptoms of influenza and other respiratory viruses. Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Chicago.
• Given recent identification of COVID-19 community transmission in Chicago, CDPH recommends the following actions for outpatient healthcare facilities.
• Goals of these actions include protecting healthcare workers and protecting patients from community transmission of the virus.
• CDPH recommends against testing persons with mild illness who can be safely managed at home.
Long-term care facilities (LTCFs), including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, provide care to some of the most vulnerable populations, including elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions.
Gloria Torres-Herbeck gets the flu vaccine every year, but the 53-year-old teacher in Rochester, Minnesota, isn’t yet convinced she wants to be first in line for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m not super old, but I’m not as strong as other people,” she said. “So, I need to be realistic on my own situation. Do I want to participate in something that might be a big risk for me?”