About COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rhode Island Department of Health and other agencies have provided information and guidance to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause cold and flu-like symptoms in mammals, including humans. On rare occasions, certain strains of coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms such as pneumonia.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. This specific strain has potential to cause more severe symptoms than its close relatives. To date, the majority of individuals that have suffered from severe complications of this new virus have been elderly or suffering from predisposing underlying chronic illness.

According to the CDC, symptoms related to COVID-19 include fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit / 38 degrees Celsius along with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Additional symptoms of illness related to COVID-19 may be chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. 

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. The new COVID-19 is a virus, and therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

Government and Agency Resources on COVID-19