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The plain truth about the Coronavirus and COVID-19

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Frequently asked questions and answers from the County Health Commissioner

Q: What is COVID-19?

A: COVID-19 is a disease that can be very serious and require a stay in the hospital and has already resulted in death for too many people who get it.

Q: How will I know if I have it?

A: Most people who get it don’t even know they have it. You may spread it to others without knowing it. Others who get it from you or from others will get very ill and some will die. The symptoms vary widely. For some, there are no symptoms. If you get a fever, have a dry cough, have stomach problems, have body aches, have chills, have a headache, lose your sense of smell, or lose your sense of taste, you may have COVID-19. These symptoms can come and go or they may not show up at all. That is why you need to act as though you have it and that others have it and keep your distance from each other always.

Q: How will I know if someone I am near has it?

A: You will probably not know if someone near you has it. They may not know they have it and they may be spreading it to you.

Q: How does this compare to the flu?

A: COVID-19 is far more contagious than the flu. With the flu, each person who has it will infect about 1 other person. With COVID-19, each person who has it will infect about twice as many people as the flu. COVID-19 is far more dangerous than the flu. The flu typically kills about 1 in 1,000 people who are cases. COVID-19 is expected to kill about 10 times more than that, or 1 in 100 who are cases.

Q: Should I go to church for service?

A: Your Bishop will give you advice on church. EVERY time you go to church with more than 10 people, for ANY reason, you are placing yourself and your neighbors at risk for getting COVID-19.

Q: Should I attend weddings and funerals?

A: Your Bishop will give you advice on attending weddings and funerals. EVERY time you go to church with more than 10 people, for ANY reason, you are placing yourself and your neighbors at risk for getting COVID-19.

Q: Who is at greatest risk?

A: Your elders are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill and possibly dying if you or someone else exposes them to the virus. Also, people who have other illnesses are at increased risk for serious health problems.

Q: What can I do to protect myself and my community?

A: Stay at home. Keep at least 6 feet away from everyone else. Wash your hands with soap and water often. Stay home from work if you feel sick. Stay at home from any work that is not absolutely critical to life.

Q: Is my taxi safe?

A: Crowded taxis are definitely not safe. If you are closer than 6 feet from each other you are at risk and so are the other riders and the driver.

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