Microscopic image of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus that was identified in December 2019. COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person through the air. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include a cough, runny nose, sore throat, tiredness, body aches, fever, chills, and a new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms generally appear from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive should isolate and ask a health care provider about COVID-19 medicine and how to take precautions. Most people with COVID-19 have a mild illness and recover in a few weeks. However, some individuals may become severely ill and some die from the disease.


NOTICE: COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at El Paso County Public Health for limited private insurance types and those with Medicaid or no insurance. Call 719-578-3199, option 5 to learn more. Pharmacies and doctors’ offices are also offering COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Ask your health care provider or pharmacist about scheduling a vaccine.
  • Visit vaccines.gov to find providers with vaccines in your area code.
  • Side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine are common, however severe allergic reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are rare.