Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses

There are four types of coronaviruses that are common in humans and often cause mild to moderate illness like the common cold.  Coronaviruses are common in many species of animals, and usually cannot be transmitted to humans. Occasionally, there are coronaviruses that have not been found in humans before and cause more severe illness such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). To protect yourself from getting coronaviruses: wash, your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill. For more information on coronaviruses: 

Human Coronavirus Types

World Health Organization on Coronavirus

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a coronavirus that has not been found to occur in humans prior to being identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December of 2019.  Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed.

Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

 Novel Coronavirus and You – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet

Situation Summary

FAQs and Answers

Personal Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)

WV Department of Health & Human Resources

Disease Information

Information to help control the spread of disease and to protect others from getting it.

Scabies

Scabies

Scabies  is an infestation of the skin caused by a mite.  It causes severe itching and a pimple like rash.  It is spread through close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has scabies.  For more information:  https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabies/ 

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Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (Flu)

Influenza  is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses causing symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, and body aches. There are two main types of Influenza virus: Types A and B.  Influenza is highly infectious and can cause mild to...

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C  is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus.  It is usually spread through contact with blood from someone who is infected with Hepatitis C, through sharing needles, syringes or equipment to inject drugs. For more information on...

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B  is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It is transmitted through blood, semen, or other body fluids.  It can be spread from mother to baby during birth. Hepatitis B can cause a short-term illness or become a long-term chronic...

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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A  is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus.  It is spread through the fecal-oral route or from contact with objects, food or drink contaminated by a person with Hepatitis A.  It is usually milder in children.  There is a vaccine to...

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Hepatitis

Hepatitis

Hepatitis  is an inflammation of the liver, which is the organ responsible for filtering the blood and fighting infection.  Hepatitis usually causes symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and loss of...

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Head Lice

Head Lice

Head lice  is caused by a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, including the eyebrows and eyelashes. They are spread from close contact (head-to-head), sharing combs or brushes, or from the environment of someone who has lice.  For more information visit: ...

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