What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Are there cases in Georgia?
There are confirmed cases in Georgia. Click here to view confirmed cases by county.
How do I protect myself and my family?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Practice social distancing
Is there reason to panic?
No. It’s important to be vigilant and practice good hygiene, but there is no reason to panic.
Should older adults take extra precautions?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Please watch the CDC’s video for guidance.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Visit the State Department’s travel advisory page for more information.
I’m currently traveling abroad. What should I do?
Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov. This is the best way to get real-time updates from the State Department.
If you have an emergency overseas, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call 1-888-407-4747 (from United States and Canada) or +1 202-501-4444 (from overseas).
I’m organizing an event. Should I cancel it?
The CDC provides interim guidance for event organizers here.
What resources are available to small businesses?
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest working capital loans to Georgia small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
Click here for more information and to apply.
How can I donate or sell medical supplies or equipment?
I heard a rumor. Is it true?
FEMA has a webpage to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19.
What is Congress doing to provide relief for the American people?
We've worked on three phases of relief for the American people and will continue to evaluate the needs of states and local communities.
PHASE ONE – Support the medical community (passed March 5)
- Expedite vaccine development
- Purchase medical supplies
- Support state and local public health departments
PHASE TWO – Support families (passed March 18)
- Make COVID-19 testing free
- Offer food assistance those in need
- Provide up to two weeks of job-protected leave during the outbreak
PHASE THREE – Support workers and businesses (passed March 25)
- Help businesses keep employees on their payroll
- Provide emergency aid directly to individuals
- Offer relief to small businesses
How has David responded to the coronavirus?
Protecting the health and safety of Georgians is David’s top priority.
- Voted to support the medical community, provide relief to American families, and assist workers and employers.
- Pushed for new measures to support coronavirus-impacted small businesses
- Filed an amendment to suspend payroll taxes for one year
- Proposed solutions to support the agricultural community and prevent labor shortages
- Took action to return home 31 Georgians from the Grand Princess cruise ship who were quarantined at Dobbins Air Reserve Base
- Announced Georgia public health agencies will receive nearly $15 million in federal funding to aid response efforts
- Welcomed President Trump to the Atlanta-based CDC to receive an update on the agency’s coronavirus response
- Held conference calls to receive feedback from Georgia-based businesses and healthcare professionals
- Applauded critical care workers for carrying out essential tasks during the COVID-19 crisis
- Encouraged the Trump Administration to boost resources for Academic Medical Centers to decrease the turnaround time for COVID-19 tests
- Attended regular congressional briefings led by the Coronavirus Task Force
How has the Trump Administration responded to the coronavirus?
- Created a Task Force to coordinate the federal government’s response
- Authorized $8.3 billion in coronavirus response funding
- Declared a national emergency to provide additional resources to safeguard public health
- Implemented travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus in the U.S.
- Expanded airport screenings to identify symptomatic travelers
- Cut red tape to help expand testing availability
- Issued guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus
- Invoked the National Defense Production Act, directing medical manufacturers to operate at max capacity.
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