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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.  

Find out more about what Buckeye is doing to prepare. 

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. Sneeze photo
  • 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 Graphic - How contagious is a diseaseinfected. 

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.


Information Resources

For more information, please visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Arizona Department of Health Services, or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention


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