COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I do to protect myself and others?
Take everyday preventive steps that are always recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
2. I think I might have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?
First, stay home and call your healthcare provider, who might be able to determine whether you’re really exhibiting symptoms and/or are at risk. If there is concern that you may have COVID-19, your provider will call our Emergency Department before you come in, so they will be ready to meet you and screen you without potentially exposing others to the virus.
Currently, people are at risk who:
- Recently traveled to international geographic areas of concern
- Have close, personal contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19
- Care for people with COVID-19
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Shortness of breath
- In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Not everyone with these symptoms has COVID-19. Flu is currently widespread in our area and may have some similar symptoms.
4. How can I find out what’s happening with COVID-19?
For the most up-to-date information, please visit trusted sources of information about the coronavirus: