COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus that causes a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough and fever. In more severe cases, the illness can cause difficulty breathing. COVID-19 spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when that person spits, coughs, or sneezes. The illness can also spread when an uninfected person touches an object or surface that has come into contact with the virus and that person touches their nose, mouth, or eyes.
The best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid close contact with people, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands frequently. Medical experts recommend staying home unless it’s absolutely necessary to travel or until certain social distancing recommendations and travel restrictions have been lifted.
Symptoms to watch for
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Those who have reported cases of COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms typically appear between two to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
However, these emergency warning signs aren’t all-inclusive and it’s important to consult with your medical provider if you’re experiencing symptoms that are concerning or severe.
Who is at greatest risk for COVID-19?
People with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes and those who are older may be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. But it’s important that those of all ages do what they can to stay safe and secure.
What do I do if I’m sick?
It’s important to take the necessary steps to help prevent the disease from spreading if you’re sick with COVID-19 or suspect you’re infected. If you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider or your local urgent care center for medical advice.
Be sure to monitor your symptoms carefully and to contact a healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen. Stay hydrated and rest. If you do seek medical help, make sure to contact your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them you may have COVID-19 so they can take the necessary precautions to keep other patients safe. For medical emergencies, call 911.
At Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield IL, we’re doing everything we can to keep our employees, our passengers, and our community safe and well. For more information on airport flight schedules amid the COVID-19 crisis please visit your airline’s website for up-to-date flight status or contact the Springfield Airport Authority’s Passenger Services Department today.