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Frequently Asked Questions

What is social distancing?

What is a novel coronavirus?

Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?

What is the source of the virus?

How does the virus spread?

Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?

Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

What is community spread?

Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?

Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?

How can I help protect myself?

What steps can I take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

What cleaning products should I use to protect against COVID-19?

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do?

Who is required to quarantine themselves?

Who is required to isolate themselves?

Does CDC recommend the use of facemasks or face coverings to prevent COVID-19?

Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Is Oswego County Testing for COVID-19?

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

How do you test a person for COVID-19?

What should I do if I have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)?

Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?

What should healthcare professional and health departments do?

What about animals or animal products imported from China?

Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

Should I go to events?