Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Why is this more serious than the flu?

It is true that the majority of people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but about 20% of people will have a serious case which can require hospitalization. People who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include older people (especially over the age of 60) and people with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. Our healthcare system is used to the amount of patients who come in during a regular flu season. With COVID-19, since it is a new virus and no one has immunity, and there is no vaccine or treatment, it could cause a surge to healthcare facilities and strain resources. It is critical that we implement social distancing so that the health care system can better manage the flow of people seeking care. This is referred to as “flattening the curve.”

Flatten the curve

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1. What stage of recovery are we in now?
2. What if people from an area that has not reopened come to Frederick County?
3. How do I get tested for COVID-19?
4. Does Frederick County have any cases of COVID-19?
5. There aren’t many cases of COVID-19 in my zipcode. Does this mean I can’t get infected?
6. Do I need to wear a mask? Where do I get a mask?
7. Should my child wear a face covering? What if my child is scared? What about children with special health care needs?
8. How important is it for me to get my child’s vaccinations now? Can it wait?
9. What if I don’t have a primary healthcare provider?
10. I’m sick but can’t get tested OR I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?
11. Should I get an antibody test? If it is positive, does it mean I am immune to COVID-19?
12. When should I get tested?
13. I haven’t gotten my test results yet. When will I get them?
14. Doesn’t the public need to know where a person with COVID-19 has been?
15. How can I get information about cases in nursing homes?
16. Can people with no symptoms have COVID-19?
17. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Why is this more serious than the flu?
18. I’ve lost my job. Where can I get help?
19. What resources exist for business owners?
20. How do I report a violation of the Governor’s or County Executive's orders?
21. How Can I Help?
22. Can pets get COVID-19? Can I take my pet to the vet?