The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. Symptoms can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.Remember to take every day preventative actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines will become available to the general public. The State of Oklahoma may receive the Ultra-cold Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccine and will use the State’s Vaccination Plan to distribute them. Both of these vaccines have been shown in late-stage vaccine trials to be safe and very effective (95% and 94.5% effective).

It is important to continue preventative actions against the spread of COVID-19 even after the COVID-19 vaccine is available in Oklahoma.