The Winnebago County Health Department has issued a COVID-19 Face Covering Advisory to control the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our communities. We've worked hard to control the spread of COVID-19 so far, but the virus has not gone away and is still a significant threat to our community. This is a critical time to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and maintain a level of transmission that is manageable by our healthcare and public health systems. Evidence shows cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. The CDC estimates that 40% of all COVID-19 infections are people who are asymptomatic, meaning they do not have symptoms but can still transmit the virus to others. The efforts we all take now will determine how well the virus continues to be contained.
People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC recently determined there is increased risk of severe COVID-19 among individuals with cancer. At this time, it is not known whether having a history of cancer increases your risk. It is especially important for people at increased risk, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread is to:
Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.