COVID-19 Information

Drawing of coronavirus cellsAbout Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What Is Coronavirus?

  • A disease caused by a new respiratory virus.
  • Can cause severe illness and pneumonia.
  • Symptoms can be mild to severe with fever, cough, shortness of breath.

How Is It Spread?

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing.
  • By close personal contact, such as shaking hands.
  • By touching a surface that has the virus, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

How Is It Prevented?

  • Similar to the prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu.
  • Wash hands often, including surface areas such as desks and phones.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are ill. Most people with mild illness will recover on their own at home by drinking fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications.
  • If symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider for directions.

Who Is Most At Risk?

  • Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions may have a more severe illness.
  • Those exposed to known cases.

More Information


By phone:

  • Illinois Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.Gov with questions.
  • United Way: 2-1-1

Learn what to do if you are sick.