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Arkansas and COVID-19
COVID-19 isn't selective about where it makes its impacts. Explore below and learn
how the pandemic is affecting agriculture, businesses, local governments and consumers
and what actions may be needed to protect yourself, your family and your employees.
Get the latest vaccine factsDo you have specific questions about COVID-19?Ask our specialists
Making the local foods web resilient.
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Disinfection and other tactics to ensuring a safe farm workplace.
COVID-19 adds another layer of stress to an already difficult situation.
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Use our resources to maintain a healthy and adequate workforce.
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Plan now to use your stimulus check wisely.
Check out our tips on living resourcefully with a reduced income.
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We dispel the myths and misconceptions floating around COVID-19.
Eat with what's available.
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How-to videos created by 4-Hers!
1) What is a novel coronavirus?
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.
The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
2) Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?
A: On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak,
first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease
2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’
and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus”
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract
illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that
has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following
the World Health Organization, or WHO, best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
3) What is the source of the virus?
A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and
others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal
coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between
people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle
East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are
two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to
4) How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections
were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person.
It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some
viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the
community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with
the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
4) Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
A: It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19.
Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather
months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during
other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease
when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility,
severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
5) Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?
A. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures
are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas
of significant community-based transmission.CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the
virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting
it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home
from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health
measure.Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who
has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove
the mask without assistance.6) Should I be tested for COVID-19?
A: Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty
breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in
or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department
and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
The World Health Organization has a page devoted to COVID-19 myth-busting.