Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19
If you notice any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek emergency medical care immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face.
This list doesn’t include all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Stay Home if You Might Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should stay home (quarantine) unless they’ve already had COVID-19 within the past 3 months. You were in close contact if you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, you provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, you had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them), you shared eating or drinking utensils, or someone sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
As the pandemic unfolds, CDC is learning more about the many organs besides the lungs that are affected by COVID-19. One of the health effects that CDC is closely working to understand relates to COVID-19 and the heart. Heart conditions associated with COVID-19 include inflammation and damage to the heart muscle itself, known as myocarditis, or inflammation of the covering of the heart, known as pericarditis. The risk of heart damage may not be limited to older and middle-aged adults. For example, young adults with COVID-19, including athletes, can also suffer from myocarditis.
Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Before you travel, consider whether COVID-19 is spreading at your destination. The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return. If you do travel, take steps to protect yourself and others during your trip including wearing a mask, avoiding close contact, washing your hands often, and avoiding contact with anyone who’s sick.
What to Remember When Hosting Gatherings This Holiday Season
If you’re planning on hosting a gathering over the holidays, remind guests to stay home if they’re sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Host the gathering outdoors, when possible, and make sure indoor spaces are well-ventilated (for example, open a window). Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing among people not in the same household. Wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors, and encourage guests to bring their own food.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
As of October 05, 2020
In the United States, there have been 7,396,730 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.