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    What is the novel Covid-19?

    A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

    A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Should I make my own hand sanitizer if I can’t find it in the stores?

    CDC recommends handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap...

    What cleaning products should I use to protect against COVID-19?

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  If surfaces are...

    Should contact lens wearers take special precautions to prevent COVID-19?

    Currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers. Contact lens wearers...

    Is it okay for me to donate blood?

    In healthcare settings across the United States, donated blood is a lifesaving, essential part of caring for patients. The need for donated blood is...

    Am I at risk for COVID-19 from mail, packages, or products?

    There is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and how it spreads. Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory...

    Does CDC recommend the use of facemask or face coverings to prevent COVID-19?

    In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that...

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