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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are
Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:
Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:
Other less common symptoms are:
People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.
Source: World Health Organization
Yes. Please see the Nantucket COVID-19 Testing page for more information.
For updated information on Covid testing and cases on Nantucket please visit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Coronavirus Updates page nantuckethospital.org/home/coronavirus-news-and-information/.
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020 the Board of Health issued an island-wide Emergency order for face covering. You should wear a mask or face covering (that covers your mouth and nose) anytime you are outdoors and whenever physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
It means that you make a conscious effort to reduce close contact between you and someone else or a group of people and hopefully prevent community transmission of the virus.Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone whenever possible, specially people that are coughing or sneezing.Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet away from a person who is sick.
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.