COVID-19: General Information
Basic information and popular resources for COVID-19.
On this page:
- Prevent COVID-19
- What to do if you are sick
- Recommendations for COVID Positive Cases
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to influenza (flu) and include:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fever or Chills
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches
Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Most patients experience relatively mild symptoms and can recover at home. Some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, MIS-C, is a serious but rare complication of COVID-19 that causes inflammation of certain body parts.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
Wear a cloth face covering in public, both in indoor and outdoor spaces. Cloth face coverings are not required for children under age 2.
Get a COVID vaccine when it is available to you
Practice social distancing
Call your healthcare provider to discuss options
Find a test center near you and schedule a COVID-19 test.
If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.
Please see Maine CDC's COVID FAQs (PDF) for questions about what to do if you are under-insured.
Maine CDC created informational packets with recommendations for certain groups:
COVID‑19 Factsheet (PDF): عربي | Français (PDF) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (PDF) | ខ្មែរ (PDF) | Lingala (PDF) | Português (PDF) | Soomaali (PDF) | Español (PDF) | Kiswahili (PDF) | Tiếng Việt (PDF)
Ending COVID‐19 Isolation in Non‐Healthcare Settings (PDF) عربي (PDF) | Français (PDF) | Português (PDF) | Soomaali (PDF)| Español (PDF)
Ending Quarantine and Return to Work if You Are Exposed to a COVID‐19 Case (PDF) عربي (PDF) | Français (PDF) | Português (PDF) | Soomaali (PDF)| Español (PDF)
What Happens if I Have Contact with a COVID-19 Case? (PDF)
What Is Isolation? (PDF)
What Is Quarantine? (PDF)
Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 (PDF)