What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is taking every precaution to keep patients, visitors, staff and the community safe.
Bringing you up-to-date and accurate information is an important part of that effort.
What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness that can spread from person to person and can be harmful to your lungs. Most people have symptoms like a cold or flu and return to health after about a week. Some people become sicker and need to be cared for in a hospital.
Who Is at Risk?
The elderly and those with underlying diseases, like diabetes or a weakened immune system, are more likely to become ill and may have more severe cases.
Those who are at higher risk should stay at home as much as possible, avoid large gatherings and stay away from sick people.
It is a good idea to have several weeks of medications on hand in case you have to stay at home for an extended period of time.