What are some recommended precautions for the coronavirus disease?

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Practice social distancing. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others. Stay out of crowded places. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath. Take temperature if symptoms develop.

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Can animals carry the virus that causes the coronavirus disease on their skin or fur?

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Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. However, because animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing hands before and after interacting with them.

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Is the coronavirus disease the same as SARS?

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No. The virus that causes COVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different.

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What is the recommended testing procedure for the coronavirus disease?

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The CDC recommends a COVID-19 test called a nasopharyngeal swab. The technician will put a special 6-inch cotton swab up both sides of your nose and move it around for about 15 seconds. It won't hurt, but it might be uncomfortable. They'll send the swab to a lab to test the material from inside your nose.

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