Frequently Asked Questions

Our Governor released some FAQ’s regarding the new Stay at Home Order.

Governor’s FAQs

We’ve gathered some of the most common questions and compiled them for quick reference.

Why “shelter in place?”2020-03-30T12:07:24-05:00

 COVID-19 spreads fast and easy.  You can be infected and not have any symptoms or only mild symptoms.  You may only feel mildly ill, but you could pass it onto someone who becomes severely ill or dies.  

What is this “flatten the curve” thing I keep hearing about?2020-03-30T12:07:35-05:00

To flatten the curve means let the healthcare workers have enough room and people to care for the sick people.  If you help us slow the spread, then anyone who gets sick can be cared for.  If we have a “spike” in patients, all at once, we will be overwhelmed very quickly.  HELP US HELP YOU, PLEASE!

How long could I be infected before I show symptoms?2020-03-30T11:50:56-05:00

Up to 14 days.

How is COVID-19 spread?2020-03-30T11:51:49-05:00

It is spread through droplets in the air like sneezing or coughing and that droplet coming into contact with another person either directly or indirectly.  It is mainly spread person to person (close contact <6 feet).  But may also be spread by indirect means.  

How long can the coronavirus stay airborne? I have read different estimates.2020-03-30T11:52:54-05:00

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, COVID-19 could remain in the air for up to three hours. 

How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?2020-03-30T11:53:30-05:00

Up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, according to Harvard Medical School Coronavirus Resource Center.

Why is staying home so important?2020-03-30T11:54:50-05:00

You can have virtually no symptoms and still have COVID-19.  By being out and about when it isn’t absolutely necessary, you can spread the virus and not even know it.

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?2020-03-30T11:55:30-05:00

There is no approved direct treatment for COVID-19 at this time.  The current recommended treatment is supportive care.

When will we have a vaccine for COVID-19?2020-03-30T11:56:08-05:00

The CDC reports ongoing efforts to create a vaccine, but there is no ETA at this time. 

I’m older and have a chronic medical condition, which puts me at higher risk for getting seriously ill, or even dying from COVID-19. What can I do to reduce my risk of exposure to the virus?2020-03-30T11:57:20-05:00

Anyone 60 years or older is considered to be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. This is true whether or not you also have an underlying medical condition, although the sickest individuals and most of the deaths have been among people who were both older and had chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung problems or diabetes.

The CDC suggests the following measures for those who are at higher risk:

  • Obtain several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Why isn’t this just another flu?2020-03-30T11:58:00-05:00

For the worst years of the flu, the amount of critical patients is <0.5%, with COVID-19 data from China, the amount of critical patients was 4.7%

How contagious is COVID-19?2020-03-30T11:58:35-05:00

Current data shows that COVID-19 is 3’s more contagious than the flu.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?2020-03-30T12:02:10-05:00

See the graphic:

I don’t feel well, what do I do?2020-03-30T12:08:48-05:00

Call your provider.  If you don’t have a provider call a local clinic.

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