Covid-19 is a disease caused by the novel corona virus. The virus is called novel because it is new. Prior to its arrival, no human on the planet had immunity from it. That is why it is so dangerous. The corona virus is thought to be spread through respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing, and even spitting a tiny bit while speaking. If we are close to someone else who has the virus, we can breath the droplets in directly from the air. Or, those droplets can land somewhere. They hang out on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastics and metals for up to 72 hours. When we touch a contaminated surface, then touch our face, eyes, mouth or nose, we can become infected.
The virus sometimes causes an upper respiratory infection that can spread to the lungs and become quite serious or deadly. Sometimes the virus hides in the mouth and nose without causing symptoms at all, but still spreading to others nonetheless. Vermont is in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of this page is to inform the towns in our area of LVRS’s response to Covid-19, what our patients can expect when we are called to a medical emergency and to provide helpful links to information that is publicly available at the CDC (Center for Disease Control) , Vermont EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and at the Vermont Department of Health.
Covid-19 Map from John Hopkins University . By scrolling in on the map, you can find information about the spread of Covid-19 in specific areas, like Vermont, or anywhere else in the world.