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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person. It is currently in the United States and many other countries, after originating in China. Health experts are concerned because this new virus has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people — especially people over age 60 or who have weakened immune systems.

COVID-19 is spreading slower than before, but it is still spreading every day in King County. Together, we are proving we can slow it down, saving lives. Everyone, young and old, should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact.

When you must go out, limit your trips and stay six feet apart from others. Our individual actions affect the health of our entire community. And what we do as a community protects us all.


(Video transcript: Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how. Stay home. If you must go out, stay 6 feet apart from others. Limit essential trips, like grocery shopping. And avoid all non-essential contact. Every face-to-face interaction is an opportunity for COVID-19 to spread and infect others, including those most at risk. Staying home protects everyone. It also protects our healthcare system for those who need it most. Stand together, stay apart.)

Social distancing, also called "physical distancing," means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people

  • Do not gather in groups

  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

People at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:

  • People older than 60 years
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Pregnant people

Health experts are still learning more about the spread. Currently it is thought to spread:

  • through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • by touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. They may also have COVID-19 if they have at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell.

If you are ill with fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home. If you are unsure of how to care for yourself or are concerned about your condition, call your health care provider for advice. If you feel you need to visit your doctor, call them first. Keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often.

Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We're stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.

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King County COVID-19 Call Centers

  • Medical questions related to COVID-19
    Contact the call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977

  • Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues
    Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday – Friday) 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608

  • General questions about COVID-19 in Washington State
    Contact the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call center at 800-525-0127

ASL Now COVID-19 Hotline

Got questions? Call the hotline using ASL Now or VP (833) 682-7630.

  • This hotline does not give medical advice. The agents taking your call have no medical training. If you're calling because you're sick, call 911 or your primary care physician.

  • Can't use ASL Now? See what's combinable.