Last updated April 20, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I at risk for COVID-19?
Since the virus is so new and little is known about it, it is difficult to say with 100% certainty who is and is not at risk for contracting the virus. All persons should act as if they can contract the virus and take all necessary precautions to avoid the spread.
There are certain risk factors, which make people more likely to have severe complications from the virus resulting in hospitalization.
How widespread is COVID-19?
The CDC has developed an interactive map to help explore and understand the Coronavirus and how it spreads. The virus has been reported in every state in the U.S..
What are symptoms of COVID-19?
Shortness of Breath
New loss of taste or smell
The CDC has an interactive symptom checker, which can be accessed HERE.
When should I get tested for COVID-19?
There are laboratory tests that can identify a COVID-19 infection. These are done by local health providers under guidelines developed by the CDC.
Not everyone should get tested, however. Visit our testing page for more information.
What do I do if I test positive or am told that I am likely positive for COVID-19?
Visit here for more information.
When should I seek medical attention for coronavirus?
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Difficulty breathing is a more serious symptom that requires immediate medical attention.
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call ahead. Alert operators or triaging staff that you suspect COVID-19 and, if possible, put on a facemask before you enter the facility or medical responders arrive.
How severe is COVID-19?
Most people infected with COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without further medical intervention or hospitalization Symptoms have been described as "nothing more than a common cold " to " the worst case of the what felt like the flu I've ever had". The elderly and underlying medical problems are at higher risk of more likely to develop serious illness and require hospitalization. A small number may require the use of a ventilator to assist in breathing.
How do I avoid catching COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, which means it spreads through droplets, sneezed or coughed from an infected individual. These droplets can land in the noses and mouths of people nearby and be inhaled while breathing. Therefore, the CDC recommend avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home as much as possible and maintaining least 6-ft of social distance from those outside your family unit.
If you do have to go out, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth face cover when you're around others.
Hand washing is also an important step in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water aren't readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at last 60% alcohol.
The CDC has a great resource on everyday steps you can take to keep your family safe. This includes Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. More information can be found here.