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In February 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease which can cause a wide range of effects – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include the following:

  • 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
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). To limit spread, health officials recommend frequent hand washing, social distancing (staying 6 ft from others not in your household), and wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible.

The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has spread to Virginia and Lynchburg. Up-to-date numbers are here at Virginia Dept of Health.


While people who are sick or know that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home, COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.



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Tony Camm

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The good news is that kids have a lower risk of getting really sick with COVID-19.  Even if they are exposed, they have very minimal symptoms, and they have a significantly lower rate of the overwhelming infection or death. In the last 4 months, there have been ZERO deaths due to COVID in the Commonwealth of Virginia in anyone under 25 years.

The other good news is that transmission from kids is low.  While daycare centers stayed open through the pandemic, there were not a significant number of cases where kids got adults sick.

So it will be important to wear masks when possible, and stay distanced when possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a strong message of support for reopening schools in the midst of the pandemic.  It is better for kids to be in school less than 6 feet apart than to learn from home online. Staying home has risks including learning loss and social isolation.  

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