Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has now spread into the United States. Symptoms vary by individual but can cause severe illness, especially to older adults or those with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems. There is currently no vaccine or approved medications for treatment at this time. Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and can last up to 14 days.
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends getting the flu vaccine. Influenza activity is widespread in Iowa and as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to receive the vaccine.