Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coronavirus, or COVID-19
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus that affects the respiratory system, including the lungs and airways. People of all ages are susceptible to COVID-19, but older people and those with pre-existing conditions (high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable and experience more severe illness.

What are the symptoms?
Coronavirus symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and could start out feeling like a simple cold. However, the COVID-19 may include a high fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest. People may experience a since of confusion or inability to arouse (feeling very weak/non-responsive), and/or have the presence of bluish lips or face.

Is there a test?
Yes. If you meet the criteria. If you think you have coronavirus, call the local hotline, or check the CDC, or VDH websites to confirm testing and containment protocols. Then, call your primary care physician to seek testing at a designated site. We recommend that healthcare providers collect samples from patients that meet testing criteria. Healthcare providers may call their laboratory partners for the most current information regarding collecting test samples. To lessen the spread of coronavirus, please proceed with extreme caution. Always call your physician, or the hotlines first to lessen any threats of passing this virus to other people.

How do I protect my family and myself?
If you test positive for coronavirus, or even if you have traveled out of the area and returned home with the onset of a cold, you should self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days to insure that non of the other symptoms develop. If they do, follow the steps to contact your medical provider and get tested. Members of the household will have to self-quarantine as well. Although the outbreak is incredibly fast-moving and will continue to spread, using precautions and staying informed can help protect our communities and families.

Can I still work?
If you have coronavirus, or just the common cold, please self-isolate so that others do not become sick. Only you can help contain your sickness and not allow it to spread. Follow your medical provider’s guidelines to lessen communal spread of sickness.

Additional Resources

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