What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world. People are encouraged to take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Wear a face covering when physical distancing is not an option.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen. Click here for the latest on COVID-19 and learn what to do if you or a family member are sick.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
Find My Testing Place
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, or anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-isolate and talk to a health care professional.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact your health care provider or telehealth program to discuss whether you should be evaluated for testing.
- Call the test site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability, hours and location. Not all health care providers provide testing on-site. Some require an appointment and/or referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.
- Each COVID-19 test provider will determine if testing is appropriate based on your symptoms, risk factors and test availability.
NC Coronavirus Helpline
- As questions and concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase across North Carolina, The North Carolina Division of Public Health would like the public to use the Coronavirus Helpline. The phone number to the helpline is 1-866-462-3821.
- NC 2-1-1, an information line that connects you to local resources in your own community, is a good place to find news updates about COVID-19.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
The outbreak of COVID-19 and restrictions that come with it may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Do your part to the stop the spread of rumors by doing three easy things:
- Find trusted sources of information.
- Share information from trusted sources.
- Discourage others from sharing information from unverified sources.
To find trusted sources, look for information from official public health and safety authorities. You can find many official sources at coronavirus.gov. Check your state and local government or emergency management websites and social media accounts for trusted information specific to your area.
On social media, be sure to check for a blue verified badge next to the account name. This tells you it’s an official account.