What is COVID- 19?

  • COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, and severe autoimmune conditions seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
  • COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. For some other illnesses caused by respiratory viruses (such as influenza), some people may be more likely to have severe illness than others because they have characteristics or medical conditions that increase their risk.
  • The best way to prevent COVID- 19 is by getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask, and being in settings with adequate ventilation.
  • Keep track of Chicago’s most recent data on COVID through our CDPH Dashboard.

Is this a reportable illness?

  • This is no longer a reportable illness to CDPH.

What do schools need to do next?

Those who have tested positive should:
  • Wear a mask when around other people, including around others in the household.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Monitor for symptoms. If the individual develops an emergency warning sign, seek emergency medical care immediately.
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