COVID-19 Resource Center
This page was created to help you stay up-to-date on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information
World Health Organization COVID-19 Information
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19
What are the symptoms of the COVID-19 infection?
COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. The virus may cause respiratory symptoms such as coughing, high fever, breathing problems, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, & extreme exhaustion. There are other symptoms less commonly associated with COVID-19, such as headache, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus spreads from person to person by droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into the lungs. The virus more likely spreads when people are within about 6 feet of each other. Since COVID-19 is a new disease, we are still learning how it spreads.
How can I reduce my risk of getting COVID-19?
- Wear a mask in public. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from people not in your household.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Get the flu shot when it is available to you.
What COVID-19 vaccines are available?
Currently, two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent Clinical Advisory Task Force: one that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. The vaccines will be available at no cost. Visit the CDC website to learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Watch this video to learn more about EUAs.
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Visit the CDC website to learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
What are the most common side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Visit the CDC website to learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to the public?
Vaccination is underway for high-risk priority population groups. New Yorkers who are currently eligible to get vaccinated are outlined in phases. Vaccine supplies will increase over time and are expected to be more widely available in spring or early summer 2021. View the New York State Department of Health phased distribution plan.
Check to see if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and to schedule an appointment at a New York State operated vaccination site. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
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