What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
What are the signs and symptoms?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are mild, flu-like symptoms such as fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel sick. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing, especially those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person. If a person touches these objects or surfaces and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth, they can become infected. People can also breathe in droplets from a person who coughs or exhales, this is why it is important to stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.
Can I do anything to prevent COVID-19?
You can reduce your chances of being infected by taking some simple precautions.
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Stay away from mass gatherings and avoid local public transportation.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or give it to them?
There is no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the virus and spread it to humans. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
How is it treated?
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Call your doctor right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing). Currently, there are no medicines or vaccines for the virus, but most people get better on their own.
Who is most at risk?
Generally, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes are likely to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms of respiratory illnesses.
Is there a vaccine?
To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. Scientists are working to develop a vaccine, but this will have to be tested in trials first, so it could be some time before it is ready.
Should I wear a mask?
For the general public, face masks are not recommended for protection from respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if you are ill with the virus or looking after someone who may have it.
Is Revere Health testing for COVID-19?
No, Revere Health is not currently testing for COVID-19. If you think you may be sick, call your primary care provider. He or she can provide further instructions and refer you to a testing location if necessary.
Who should I call if I have symptoms?
If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, we ask that you stay home and call your primary care provider for instructions. To prevent the spread of infection, please do not seek care by physically going into an urgent or primary care clinic.
What is the difference between quarantining and social distancing?
Social distancing is deliberately increasing physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Canceling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social distancing. Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed from others who have not been exposed. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure.
Why is social distancing important?
While it may be disappointing to hear that so many events and other gatherings are being canceled, there is a public health reason for these measures. These cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the healthcare system to more readily care for patients over time.
Where can I get accurate information about COVID-19?
For up-to-date accurate information, please visit cdc.gov, who.int, or coronavirus.utah.gov. A COVID-19 information line is available by dialing 1-800-456-7707.
Should I self-quarantine?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with an ongoing spread of the virus, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will advise you on what to do.
What should I do about travel?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, most European countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland. They also recommend travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. This is particularly important for older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions.