What is the coronavirus?

• Coronaviruses are a type of viruses that are common in many different species of animals and can occasionally infect and spread between people.

• An outbreak of novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

• The disease caused by this virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (often called “the coronavirus” or more specifically “COVID-19”).

How does the coronavirus spread?

  • The coronavirus is thought to spread similarly to the flu by:

    • Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

    • Close person-to-person contact with an infected individual

    • Touching of an infected surface

  • The CDC states that a person’s risk is dependent on location, with people in places with sustained person-to-person spread of the virus at elevated risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international locations, healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19, and close contacts of persons with COVID-19 are also at elevated risk.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

  • Symptoms of infection with the coronavirus typically begin 2‐14 days after exposure.

  • Most patients have mild symptoms including:

    • Fever

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle Aches

    • Cough

  • A small percentage of patients have severe or critical disease, which may include diarrhea, difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or in some cases death.

  • Older people (over 60) and those with chronic illness are at increased risk for severe complications.

What To Do If You Are Sick

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.


The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has declared a Public Health Emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).