What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. While that sounds normal, COVID-19 has proven to spread widely and have high potential to cause serious, life-threatening illness to the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. Coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

How does coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. Act the same way you would act if you had the flu— if you think you may be sick, keep your distance from other people and always cover your coughs and sneezes.

Do I need to wear a mask? 

It is not recommended to wear a face mask if you are well. Face masks should be reserved for those showing symptoms of COVID-19 and for health care workers.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19? 

At this time, there is no available vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent getting infected is to not be exposed.

How Can I Stay Healthy?

The IDPH and the CDC have issued recommendations to help people avoid coming down with coronavirus. Keep in mind: These tips are helpful for avoiding any virus, including the flu and the common cold!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Social Distancing

"Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including mandating that events of 50 people or more be canceled, suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools. Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.

 Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure."

- Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker

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What’s the status of coronavirus in Illinois?

Positive cases in Illinois continue to rise. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted coronavirus case totals and test results on its website, updated daily.

Is Illinois prepared to handle a potential outbreak?

Illinois health officials have acted swiftly to contain the virus, and they are prepared for the future. Illinois was the first state to provide coronavirus testing, and hospitals and health care providers across the region are already expanding their surveillance efforts by offering patients with flu-like symptoms the option to be tested for the virus. IDPH has outfitted two additional labs in Central and Southern Illinois to handle the extra testing load.

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If You Feel Ill

If you are feeling ill, please check the list of symptoms below to better determine if it's the flu, allergies, or COVID-19. If you feel like you may have the coronavirus, please call your doctor before going in.


If I get sick, will insurance cover my care?

If you have questions regarding health insurance and HMO inquiries, please call the Illinois Department of Insurance at (877) 527-9431. If you have questions regarding Medicare beneficiaries and caregiver inquiries, please call CMS at (800) 548-9034.

With questions and concerns about coronavirus,

please call the IDPH 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 
(312) 888-9191
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Springfield, IL 62706