WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SYMPTOMS AND TESTING
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:
Coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
OLDER ADULTS AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Older adults (age 60+) and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness, and in some cases death, if they become infected with COVID-19. Examples of pre-existing medical conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease or other conditions that impact the immune system’s ability to fight germs.
PREPARE YOUR FAMILY
Maryland has confirmed cases of COVID-19 and confirmed community spread. “Community spread” means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Up-to-date information about testing and case counts in Maryland are available at health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. The page is updated daily.