COVID-19 – 

Coronavirus information and updates from RWJBarnabas Health.


COVID-19 Prevention Strategies

Prevent COVID-19 by taking these stepsMuch like the flu, individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for catching COVID-19, including the elderly and those with serious medical conditions. If you are generally in good health, the risk for contracting COVID-19 is low. You can prevent your chances of contracting illnesses, such as COVID-19, by taking these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more
  • If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then discard the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well use a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

The symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and typically present as mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Approximately 80% of those infected with COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms and not require hospitalization. Sometimes, the symptoms may be similar to those of the influenza “flu” virus. Your healthcare provider is your best resource for information if you are feeling unwell.

If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider, call the New Jersey Department of Health hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or you can schedule a virtual visit with a doctor through the RWJBarnabas Health TeleMed® App. For further information and details visit