Coronavirus (COVID-19) – General Information for Connecticut

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Updated: March 26, 2020

For guidance and updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit:  ct.gov/coronavirus

WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19, 2019-nCoV)?

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as coronavirus (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness including pneumonia, depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, AND WHO IS AT RISK?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever (100.4 or higher), cough, and shortness of breath.  Some people have reported having a runny nose, diarrhea, or sore throat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that individuals may begin to experience the symptoms of the virus 2-14 days after exposure.  Individuals who have recently traveled to China or other affected geographic area (see here) and individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient are most at risk.

For more detailed information, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

DO WE HAVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT?

For an up to date list of current cases in Connecticut, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) is providing updated information on the state and federal response to the Coronavirus, as well as resources for Connecticut schools, healthcare practitioners, municipalities and residents.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE?

A COVID-19 outbreak could go on for an extended period of time, so you need to create a household plan of action so you will be prepared.  The CDC has guidelines to help families create a plan of action, regarding personal health habits for the home, preparations for a temporary closure of school, childcare facilities, or workplace, and how to plan.  Visit the CDC website for more detailed information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

WHERE HAVE THERE BEEN CONFIRMED CASES?

The CDC is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  To view the global case numbers, visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/locations-confirmed-cases.html#map. For detailed information on cases in the United States, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

HOW IS CORONAVIRUS TRANSMITTED?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person when individuals are in close contact with one another and respiratory droplets produced by an infected person (coughing, sneezing) land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. Transmission can also occur via contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes.

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL?  EVEN TO OTHER COUNTRIES WITH HIGH NUMBERS OF CONFIRMED CASES?

CDC has guidance on their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) for travelers inquiring about upcoming travel to certain countries with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

CDC COVID travel FAQ:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS THE VIRUS?

Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you have recently traveled from an area in a country with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

IS THERE A VACCINE OR TREATMENT?

Currently, there is no vaccine or anti-viral treatment available to protect against COVID-19.

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Link here to the 2-1-1 Database for additional “Frequently Answered Questions” (FAQs), and related information for Connecticut residents on various topics regarding COVID-19:

For additional FAQ’s and general information, visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus or https://www.211ct.org/search?terms=Coronavirus&page=1&location=Connecticut&service_area=connecticut.

Additional Information:

CDC information and fact sheets on the Coronavirus in various languages, can be found below:

Fact sheets in various languages: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html

Mental Health Resources

World Health Organization:

Coronavirus “SCAM ALERT” Warning

The Connecticut Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Public Health (DPH) and the Office of the Attorney General William Tong is warning consumers that scam artists are trying to take advantage of consumers’ during heightened attention to Coronavirus. Scam artists may post, email, and text to promote false information about “cases” of the disease in your neighborhood that do not exist, and bogus prevention medication in order to obtain your personal information and your money. They also may ask you to donate to victims through a sham charity or offer “advice” about false treatments for the disease.

For more detailed information, visit the link here to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection New Release: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/News-Releases-from-the-Department-of-Consumer-Protection/2020-News-Releases/Scam-Alert-Coronavirus-Inspires-Scam-Artists-to-Target-Consumers

Any consumers who notice one of these scams or feel they have fallen victim to a scam should report it to DCP or the Office of the Attorney General as soon as they are able using the below contact information:

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SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); World Health Organization; Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection; Connecticut Department of Public Health; Office of Attorney General; SAMSHA

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