The DPH is prepared to respond if and when a case is detected in Georgia. DPH and the CDC are readying pandemic preparedness and response plans including specific measures to prepare communities to respond to local transmission of COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness until they resolve. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided. For more about stigma related to COVID-19 and how to prevent it, please see

POSTED: 03-16-20 | 16:00 hrs