We are working together to keep our thousands of residents and workers safe.

"I also want to take a moment to recognize the work, commitment and hardship of the staff at these facilities, the managers and the owners. Whenever we have unfortunate fatalities to announce, we share our sincere condolences with the families of those who have passed.

But these are also tremendously trying times for everyone who is a part of these nursing home communities. It is important for us to recognize them and their dedication too. I want to recognize the Rhode Island Health Care Association. The Association is doing its best to support membered nursing homes, and is working very closely with us to respond to this current crisis."

- Dr. Alexander-Scott, Dir. of DOH, Daily Press Briefing 04.03.20

Overview

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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Watch for Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. 

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses). 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.