Updated 4.3.2020

Since the 2019 novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year, this pneumonia-like illness has spread at an alarming rate, prompting both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the outbreak a pandemic. Use these resources to help understand coronavirus and be proactive about prevention.

See information for Patients and Health Professionals below.

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Seattle Times Coronavirus Visual Guide

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How is the sample collected for coronavirus testing?

A sample is collected from the back of your nose and throat (nasopharyngeal or NP swab). This is done by having you tip your head back, then a swab is gently inserted through a nostril until resistance is met (about 1 to 2 inches), then rotated several times and withdrawn. This may tickle a bit and cause the eyes to tear.

Visit the CDC webpage on Testing for COVID-19. You'll find a Coronavirus Self-checker, which is a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

More information can also be found at the CDC's page on What To Do if You Are Sick.