What we know
- The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia.
- Most (81%) of the people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease.
- Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes.
What you can do to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19?
- Stay home when ill.
- Call your healthcare provider before going in to avoid spreading illness to others in the waiting room.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of tissues in the trash.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your mouth and nose to keep germs from entering your body.
What is Buckeye doing to prepare?
- Buckeye has an Emergency Operations Plan to address possible emergency response needs and provide the necessary resources to assist.
- Buckeye is monitoring the situation and receives regular updates from Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
- A plan has been implemented to maintain appropriate staffing levels and provide support as needed.
How COVID-19 Spreads
- COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly the same way the common cold or flu spreads-through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
- People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread is possible before people begin showing symptoms.
How infectious is COVID-19?
Experts estimate that for every person infected with COVID-19, between 2 and 3.5 people will become infected.
This is more infectious than novel influenza A (H1N1 in 2009), for which 1 person with the disease was estimated to infect about 1-2 people.
However, COVID-19 is much less infectious than diseases like mumps or measles, where one case of illness can lead to 10-15 people getting infected.