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COVID-19 can be spread by people who are and are not showing symptoms.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Find more information on how COVID-19 spreads on the CDC’s website.
Wearing a face covering, maintaining a 6-foot distance from others, and avoiding large crowds are a couple ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find more recommendations in our health advisory.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people. Information suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Yes. We are seeing more people testing positive who have mild or no symptoms. This is referred to asymptomatic.
A person that is not showing symptoms but has COVID-19 can still spread the disease without knowing it. This is why wearing face coverings and socially distancing are important tools in keeping us healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Find more recommendations in our health advisory.
Without a vaccine for COVID-19, we should all be concerned about the spread of this disease, especially among our elderly and those with compromised immune systems. People can have COVID-19, be contagious, and not show any symptoms. Although you may not feel the effects of this disease, you could still spread it to someone else.
Following the simple recommended safety measures such as wearing face coverings and socially distancing helps protect all of our communities. We are stronger when we work together.
While we learn more every day, there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19. Currently there are no vaccines available for COVID-19 and at this time we do not know the long-term impacts of this disease.
We do know more about the seasonal flu than COVID-19. We have vaccines and treatments for the seasonal flu and many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains.
For more information on the similarities and differences between COVID-19 and the flu, visit the CDC’s website.
Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus.
Some people can have COVID-19, be contagious, and not show any symptoms. Although you may not feel the effects of this disease, you could still spread it to someone who is at higher risk of becoming severely ill, which means they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may not survive.
People at higher risk generally include older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
Following the simple recommended safety measures such as wearing face coverings and socially distancing helps protect all of our communities, especially our most vulnerable.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 right away. Getting care fast could save your life. If you are not having a medical emergency, we recommend contacting your health care provider.
We recommend wearing masks when you leave your home, maintaining a 6-foot distance from people who do not live in your household, washing your hands frequently, and sanitizing shared surfaces regularly.
Getting regular exercise, eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, and planning fun and safe activities will also make a difference for your overall physical and mental health.
St. Croix County Public Health uses contract tracing to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Contact tracing is one of the best tools we have to fight COVID-19.
When a person tests positive for COVID-19, we interview them to determine who they may have been in close contact with while they were contagious. Close contacts are instructed to stay home to monitor symptoms to prevent further spread of the virus.
Recommendations for businesses can be found in our Health Advisory. Here are some additional resources for businesses:
We recommend that workplaces:
Finally, communicate with your employees about the importance of preventing the spread of COVID-19. If employees make high risk choices in their personal lives, that will increase the chance they could catch and spread the disease in the workplace.
Yes. Governor Evers issued an Executive Order declaring a public health emergency requiring face coverings statewide. The order is in effect until September 28, 2020.
There are exceptions for:
For more information read the Governor’s Office FAQs and Press Release.
Face coverings are widely considered by medical experts to be helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and decreasing the risk of wide, rapid spread in our communities and workplaces.
A face covering should completely cover your mouth and nose. Here are some tips to safely wear and remove your mask:
Wearing Your Face Covering
Removing Your Face Covering
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. Many cases are asymptomatic, meaning that do not show any symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.
Wearing a face covering will help limit the number of droplets that are released and limit how far they travel. This will help protect the people around you if you are infected or do not know you are infected. Face coverings along with other measures like washing your hands frequently and social distancing work together to prevent the spread of this disease.
Face coverings can be purchased at many local stores or online. You can also make your own. When buying or making a face covering, make sure they:
The CDC has information on their website about how to make your own mask.