While infectious diseases don't discriminate, and anyone could potentially become ill, older Americans and those with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, are at greater risk for developing severe symptoms and life-threatening complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What to know about Coronavirus:
- How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
- What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
- Tracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: Coronavirus map
Here's what you need to know to try to keep yourself from getting sick, or if you become ill, to avoid spreading the virus to others:
If you develop a fever or other symptoms and have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or traveled to an area with ongoing spread, call your doctor.
You should call ahead before going to a medical office or to the emergency room. If you develop emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, bluish lips or face, or new confusion, seek medical attention immediately.
Check your state's health department for the latest COVID-19 cases