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Illinois Department of Public Health

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois COVID-19 Statistics

Chicago Department of Public Health

What to do if you were exposed

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If you have been exposed to someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading to people in our homes and communities.

Chicago Department of Public Health

What to do if you have been diagnosed

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If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading to people in our homes and communities.

Chicago Department of Public Health

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

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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.

Chicago Department of Public Health

Tips for Outpatient Healthcare Facilities During COVID-19 Community Transmission

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• 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.

Chicago Department of Public Health

COVID-19 LTCF GUIDANCE

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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.

Chicago Department of Public Health

COVID-19 ACH GUIDANCE

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All healthcare facilities can take steps now to prepare for such an outbreak and protect both their patients and staff. Resources aim to support facilities to:

Chicago Medical Society

Covid 19 myths: Facts and Fiction

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1. COVID vaccine may cause COVID

• NO the currently licensed vaccines are based on mRNA and have no live virus, they only make your body generate a fragment of the virus which is not infective

Media

Trusted Messengers May Help Disenfranchised Communities Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

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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?”