What is coronavirus or COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that was first discovered in Wuhan, China. It is transmitted from person-to-person.
How many cases of coronavirus have been identified?
For an update of cases in Tarrant County, go to the Tarrant County Public Health Coronavirus webpage. For an update of cases in Texas and a breakdown of cases by county for the state of Texas, refer to https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
In severe cases, they include
Symptoms may seem to get a bit better, only to get worse.
This chart will show you the differences between coronovirus, allergies and the flu.
Who is most at risk of becoming seriously ill?
How is it transmitted?
It takes from 2 days up to 14 days from being exposed to the virus before you will get sick.
What is local or community transmission and has it happened in Tarrant County?
Local or community transmission is when the virus is spreading from person-to-person within the community rather than being acquired through travel. Though household cases are examples of community transmission the concern is with continued spread beyond a single household or cluster such that the chain of infection cannot be easily identified.
Who may have been exposed to COVID-19?
All Tarrant County residents should consider themselves potentially exposed to coronavirus. That means, everyone should stay home as much as possible, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. While at home, all Tarrant County residents should self-monitor. Self-monitoring means you check yourself for fever and remain alert for cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. It is important that people who have these symptoms stay at home and do not go out to the store or go to work or attend any event, regardless of the size.
What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19?
It is important to note that you can only get coronavirus from someone who is sick or by touching an object that a sick person has contaminated. So, the best things to do are:
What should I do if I get sick?
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
If a person has respiratory issues, TCPH’s advice is to contact a physician, an urgent care, or other medical facility and get tested for the flu or other viral illnesses first. If your doctor or medical professional determines that based on your symptoms and travel history that a COVID-19 test is needed, specimens will be taken and sent to a lab for testing. TCPH generally does not test individuals for COVID-19, unless you are a contact case and have been contacted by our epidemiology staff.
How is coronavirus treated?
There is currently no known treatment/cure for coronavirus. Several medications are currently being investigated. Treatment for complications of COVID-19, such as bacterial pneumonia, fever reducers and cough suppressants, may be used.
If I am planning to travel, should I go?
Check the CDC website for updates on where travel should be avoided regardless of your risk for complications from coronavirus infection. If you are high-risk, you are advised not to travel.
What is case and contact tracing?
Early on in an outbreak when the number of cases is manageable, TCPH will attempt to identify all cases of disease. Then, they will identify all individuals who may have been in contact with that individual when the case was infectious (able to spread the disease to others) in the hopes of breaking the chain of infection and preventing future cases.
As the number of cases grow, surveillance efforts will shift to only the most severe cases and prevention will shift to community containment efforts.
What are containment measures or nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)?
Containment measures are activities to slow the spread of disease. They can be done on the individual level, such as asking a person to voluntarily stay home when they have been exposed to a disease, requiring ill persons to stay home or they can be applied to communities. When community containment measures are used, the goal is to stop or slow an outbreak and help prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. In the coronavirus response, two containment measures may be implemented:
It is not realistic to think these techniques are going to stop all disease. However, they are meant to slow the rate of new infections to a point where the healthcare system is able to respond and provide time for a vaccine to be produced.
www.211texas.org is a website for individuals needing assistance related to COVID-19. Enter "COVID-19" as search term.
You can also dial 211. The phone line is serviced 24/7.
For more information, call 817-248-6299, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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