To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor’s Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.
Q: What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)? A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. COVID-19 causes illnesses that can range from mild to more severe.
Q: Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19?
A: According to the CDC, for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be moderate. The CDC’s current risk assessment includes:
People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.
According to the CDC, some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19? A: Most patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID 19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Q: How does COVID-19 spread? A: The virus is most likely to spread through:
close contact with an infectious person
respiratory droplets produced when an infectious person coughs or sneezes
touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
Q: What is the treatment for COVID-19? A: There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. For patients who are more severely ill, medical care or hospitalization may be required. The medical community is continuing to learn more about COVID-19, and treatment may change over time.
Q: What can I do to keep myself and others healthy? A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu:
Follow social distancing protocols set forth by the Nevada Health Response Medical Advisory Team.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others.
If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school. Especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food