Here’s what you need to know

“The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “The simple everyday actions you take to help avoid the spread of flu and other illnesses will also help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.”

Prevention tips include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Staying home when sick except to get medical care.
  • Avoiding close contact, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Practicing good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • Being prepared with the following supplies:
    • Maintain a two-week supply of water and food at home
    • Routinely check your regular prescription drugs to ensure that you won’t run out
    • Keep non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand
    • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records
    • Talk with family members about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what would be needed to care for them in your home.

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  If anyone believes they have symptoms and have recently traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, or other destinations with risk of community spread, or have been in contact with someone who has had the virus, they should promptly call their healthcare provider or hospital prior to arriving, so that the appropriate preventive measures can be put in place. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection.

For more information about COVID-19, visit or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

Documents & Links

Additional Sites, Links and Documents

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

County Health Departments (OCHD)

State of Michigan (SOS)

Johns Hopkins University (JHU)