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This is a rapidly changing situation. Please regularly check the Albany County Department of Health website, the NYS Department of Health COVID-19 webpage, and the CDC Coronavirus webpage for updates.

Albany County Department of Health Elizabeth F. Whalen, MD, MPH, Commissioner 175 Green Street Albany, NY 12202 Phone (518) 447-4580 Fax (518) 447-4698

Novel Coronavirus Basics

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 so the best way to avoid getting it is to avoid being exposed to it.

NYS Department of Health Advisory: COVID 19 and the Use of Cloth Face Coverings [Apr 8, 2020]

The 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus is thought to spread person to person by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those in close contact (within about 6 feet) may have those droplets land on them or inhale them and are exposed. The virus can also survive for a long time on surfaces where the droplets land, and can be picked up when you touch that surface and then touch your face.

The Novel Coronavirus can cause an illness called COVID-19, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe that can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. A detailed list of symptoms can be found on the CDC website.

Individuals who are symptomatic or who have come in close contact (e.g., same classroom, office or gathering) with a person who is confirmed positive — or who is symptomatic and has not tested positive for any other infection — should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.

If you do get COVID-19, most cases can be managed at home. The CDC website explains what you should do if you are sick.

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