The main steps for preventing the spread of the coronavirus are:
- Practice social distancing of at least six feet away
- Wear a face mask when around other people
- Keep hands clean and disinfect surfaces often
The coronavirus spreads easily between people. Even people who are infected but don't have any symptoms of COVID-19 can spread the virus to others.
Getting the Vaccine
The VDH is managing local vaccination. Getting vaccinated will protect you from the symptoms of COVID-19. The more people that get the vaccine, the safer we all are, as a community.
How Does Coronavirus Spread?
The coronavirus spreads through saliva droplets. You can inhale infected droplets when:
- Droplets of saliva get in the air when someone near to you talks, coughs, or sneezes
- Saliva droplets with coronavirus land on your nose, mouth, or eyes
It may also spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Feeling Sick? Stay Home
If you have these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Stay home and call your provider or clinic for next steps.
Other possible symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches, headache, or body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
Free testing events are happening in Charlottesville and surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.
Clean & Disinfect
Disinfect surfaces you touch frequently, like counter tops and door handles, as often as you can. See these guidelines on coronavirus disinfection.
Get vaccinated. It's not too late to get the flu or pneumonia vaccine. These don't prevent coronavirus, but they can keep you safe from other illnesses that would make other infections worse. Call your provider to find out if this is an option for you.
Stay active. Get regular exercise. Go for walks, get in a run, or do yoga in the sun. As long as you stay away from other people, you can go outside. This helps keep your immune system healthy.
Before visiting a patient in the hospital, make sure to read the current visitor guidelines.
Get Prescriptions Delivered
Stay at home. Get your prescriptions delivered to your home for free.
To set up delivery, call 434.297.5500. Make sure to call at least 7 days before you need your refill.
Can’t wait for delivery? Pick up your medicine at our Lee Street location. Open 24/7.