Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 2020: 

Corona Viruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (such as droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. 

COVID-19 Recommendation from MA Department of Public Health: 

Although the risk of the novel Corona Virus to Massachusetts residents remains low, and the risk of the seasonal flu is high, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes and face.
• Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and counter tops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
• Stay home when feeling sick.
• Stay informed.
• Get a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

This Corona Virus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. Symptoms of this infection include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • In severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs).

While most people recover from this infection, some infections can lead to severe disease or death. Older people and those with pre-existing medical problems seem to have a greater risk for severe disease.

How can I protect myself?

Although risk to Massachusetts residents from COVID-19 is low, the same precautions to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.


For the most current information and updates regarding COVID-19 please visit the following pages: 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

US Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization