Information About COVID-19
Information about COVID-19
How is it spread?
The virus is spread mostly from person-to-person. This can occur in more than one way:
- Between people who are within six feet from one another.
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What to do if you are sick?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or the Health Department immediately. Do not go to the emergency room. The New River Valley Health District has activated a local public health hotline at 540-267-8240.
Can you prevent the illness?
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. To keep yourself and your family safe, exercise the following preventative hygiene habits:
- Practice good respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissue immediately and sanitize hands.
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- In instances when soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What are the symptoms?
Confirmed COVID-19 infections have had varying symptoms. Common indications include:
- Shortness of breath
Best Practices and Recommendations
The City of Radford is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and advising employees and residents to do the same.
This is a new virus and there is still much we do not know. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to these resources: