COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses discovered in 2019, and its spread was declared a pandemic in 2020 by the World Health Organization. It comes from the same family of viruses as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It hasn’t been previously identified in humans, and it’s estimated that up to 1 percent of the population may be affected by COVID-19.
Information about COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
New information about COVID-19 comes out regularly. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, we recommend visiting the Ohio Department of Health’s dedicated website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many in public health are working to combat the spread of COVID-19 to keep people safe and healthy. Many families, too, are facing increased stress and fear because of the virus. For these groups, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has compiled resources to help explain what COVID-19 is, what we can do about it, how to protect our own mental health as we combat this pandemic, and more. These resources can help you protect yourself and stay healthy, and we encourage you to take advantage of them.
Stop the Spread of Germs
During this pandemic, it’s vitally important to follow best practices for eliminating germs and stopping their spread:
This fact sheet is also available in:
Parents may be dealing with stressed or cooped up children. To help you, we’ve collected several Know! Parent Tips and other resources:
- Know! To Reassure and Support Children During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Know! The Red Flags of Teen Depression
- Know! How to Fight Teen Depression
- Know! Frequent Family Dinners Make a Big Difference
- Know! To Put Kindness into Action
- Know! To Give and Receive the Gift of Kindness
- Know! Fitness #4Mind4Body
- Family Activities to Try During Closures