COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (also referred to as COVID-19, and/or Coronavirus) is a viral and very contagious upper respiratory disease, seeming to affect the lungs and the upper respiratory system.

Currently, a national State of Emergency has been declared in response to the pandemic, and several proclamations to address the evolving situation from the Holy Emperor have been issued. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated with an authorized vaccine, wear a face covering if unvaccinated, practice social distancing if unvaccinated, practice exceptional personal hygiene, and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

FAQ

GENERAL FAQ

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in late 2019 and was declared a pandemic on March 11

How does it spread? - Coronaviruses, like COVID-19 are generally spread through droplets in the air whenever we cough or sneeze, through close personal contact, or through touching areas of your face. This is why it is imperative to practice social distancing of up to 6 feet, cover your cough and sneeze with a flexed elbow, and avoid shaking hands, high fives, or any close personal contact, and be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds.

What do I do if I am infected? - To stop the spread of COVID-19, if you have been tested positive for, or suspect in any capacity that you may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home as much as possible

Is there a vaccine or cure? - Unfortunately at this time, there is no known cure or vaccine to defend against the COVID-19. Many researchers, and medical labs are working hard to develop a vaccine.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? -

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19.



VACCINE FAQ

Answers provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control Website

If I have already had COVID-19, and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine? - Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

What are the ingredients in a COVID-19 vaccine? - Vaccine ingredients can vary by manufacturer. To learn more about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see

Do I need to wear a mask and social distance if I am fully vaccinated? - No. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I get? - Yes. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. The most important decision is to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.


People should be aware that a risk of a rare condition called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) has been reported following vaccination with the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. TTS is a serious condition that involves blood clots with low platelet counts. This problem is rare, and most reports were in women between 18 and 49 years old. For women 50 years and older and men of any age, this problem is even more rare. There are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna).

How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine do I need to get? - The number of doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:

  • Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.

  • Two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.

  • Johnson & Johnsons Jansen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.

If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary.. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

Stay informed

The best way to prepare and prevent spread of the COVID-19 is to stay updated and informed from reliable sources. Here are some reliable sources endorsed by the Cavlanian Ministry of Public Safety: