COVID-19 Resource Center: Key facts about COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve have faced in recent memory. And as part of our BlueCross mission to serve, we want to make sure our communities have the information they need – and access to testing and care.

While COVID-19 resources continue to evolve, and treatments, research and statistics update daily, we want everyone to have the information they need to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

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Key Facts: What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. While there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses, COVID-19 is a new coronavirus, and symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

The illness is spread through close contact, and respiratory droplets from an infected person. You may also get it from touching surfaces that have the virus on it, and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to others that are infected.

Source: CDC