What is Covid-19?

What is Covid-19

The information about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation is changing rapidly. As a direct care worker, you are on the front lines, so it is vital that you stay informed.

This class offers a brief overview of what we know about COVID-19, how it spreads, strategies for preventing it from spreading, and how to care for someone who has the virus.

Maintain A Calm Nature

We are still learning more and more about the COVID-19 virus, including the mortality (death) rate. It’s important to stay calm and think clearly, as there is a lot of inaccurate information available regarding the virus.


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. A global pandemic is a new disease that has spread around the world. This means fully stopping the spread of the virus is not the goal (because it is already everywhere)—instead, we must focus on reducing how fast it spreads and how sick it makes people.1

Remain in The Know

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. To stay informed with the latest information, consult the reliable sources listed below:

Your state and local health departments will have the latest information relevant to where you live. Use the resources below to locate the state and local health department websites:

You are expected to follow your agency’s policies and procedures and comply with all state and federal laws and regulations at all times.


There is a lot we are still learning about COVID-19. New information is continuously developing, including guidance for direct care workers. Contact your agency, supervisor, or care team for specific guidance about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts your responsibilities.