DuPage County's Health Department has an extensive page that you can access by clicking the button below. Additionally, we have some important facts, links, and resources on this page.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It spreads from person-to-person primarily through droplets that enter the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The most common symptoms are listed below:

  • Fever

  • Dry cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches or pains

  • Loss of taste or smell

How to Protect Yourself

Some tips and tricks to stay healthy and avoid contracting COVID-19 include the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Routinely disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches

  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines as instructed by your state and/or local government

  • Wear a mask in public spaces

  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible

  • Sneeze and/or cough into the crease of your elbows rather than into your hands

  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings of more than a handful of people with whom you do not otherwise live

What to Do in the Event of Illness

  • Isolate yourself in one room of your residence to the best of your ability

  • Monitor your body temperature

  • Stay hydrated

  • Contact your physician in the event of any concerning symptoms

  • Go to the hospital if you have trouble breathing and/or a persistently high fever

Myths About COVID-19

  • Consuming or applying alcohol will not help protect against COVID-19

  • Herbal remedies, such as lemon or garlic, will not prevent infection

  • Being young and/or healthy does not mean you are immune to COVID-19


Additional Information

For more information on COVID-19, please visit any of the following verified sources:

Updated Stay at Home Order

JB Pritzker has updated his Stay at Home order. You can read more here.