On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
The majority of those who are infected by the virus will experience mild respiratory symptoms and recover without needing extensive treatment. However, more venerable populations, the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, may require additional medical attention. COVID-19 can affect the entire population.
The most effective way to prevent or slow down the spread of the disease is to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is readily available across the City and Anne Arundel County. Residents are encouraged to visit the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website to make an appointment.
Annapolitans should also take additional precautions by continuing to wear a mask in crowded areas, maintaining distance when possible, and washing ones hands frequently.