novel coronavirus or COVID -19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. The CDC has identified those at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19.

UM-Flint COVID-19 Update & FAQs

    **If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.

    Definitions:
    CDC Level 3: Countries with a CDC level 3 travel warning due to COVID-19.
    Self-Quarantine & Monitor: Stay home for 14 days and monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms. Contact health provider is symptoms develop.
    Self-Monitor: Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms. Contact health provider is symptoms develop.
    Self-Observation: Remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Continue daily operations.

    MDHHS offers additional guidance on "I think that I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?"

    CDC offers additional detail on risk assessment here.

    Symptoms and transmission:

    Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing.

    Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.


      INFLUENZA

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

      The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

      Signs or symptoms of flu

      People who have the flu often feel some, or all of these signs and symptoms:

      • Fever or feeling feverish/chills*
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Runny or stuffy nose
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headaches
      • Fatigue (very tired)
      • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

      *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

       

      How flu spreads

      Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

       

      Vaccinations

      Please contact your health care provider, your local county health department, or visit a nearby pharmacy to get a flu vaccination.

      Additional Resources - Links to county, state and national health agencies’ with useful information about influenza, and staying healthy