Adapted from the CDC’s Website
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have symptoms other than these, please visit the CDC’s Self-Checker. The CDC and Prevention reports that COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
What are the symptoms of the Delta variant?
The symptoms of the Delta variant seem to be the same as the original strain of COVID-19. But some research suggests the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in people who are not vaccinated.
What can you do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus?
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cover Your Cough or Sneeze
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays and wipes. Commonly touched objects include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Attempt to stay at home as much as possible, avoiding public or crowded places. Especially stay home if you are sick or experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are out in public, try to avoid contact with frequently touched objects and surfaces as much as possible. For example, push doors open using your forearm instead of your hand.
Keep Your Distance
Avoid close contact with sick people and keep a six foot distance between yourself and others when out in public. Remember, some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
What is COVID-19? Are there other coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are very common and many don’t cause serious illnesses. In fact, the common cold is a type of coronavirus.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus mainly spreads from person to person. Infected people may not show symptoms but can also spread the virus to others. According to the CDC, the virus appears to spread:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Droplets from people with COVID-19 who cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe may cause infection if they land in the eyes, mouth or nose of people nearby, or are inhaled into the lungs.
- It is possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the eyes, mouth, or nose. The virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What kind of test is there for COVID-19?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now able to complete nasal swab tests for COVID-19.
To see if you are currently infected, you need a nasal swab test.
There are a limited number of test sites that now do an antibody test. Antibody tests check your blood to see if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. It can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. For this reason, an antibody test may not show if you currently have COVID-19.
Many testing sites are FREE for the uninsured and undocumented.
Is COVID-19 contagious before a person is even sick?
The CDC states that people are most contagious when they are the sickest. It is possible for someone to spread the virus before showing symptoms or be asymptomatic (never feel sick or have symptoms).
However, the Delta variant is almost twice as contagious as the previous COVID-19 variants. Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. Vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period than unvaccinated people.
What does the CDC recommend regarding facemasks?
Infections happen in only a small number of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, some evidence shows that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of high transmission. The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, especially if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
Click here to see if your area is experiencing a high level of transmission.
If I become sick, when should I seek medical attention?
Call 911 or seek emergency medical care immediately if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, or bluish lips/face. If you have questions and would like to speak with a provider please call to schedule a telehealth appointment.
How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?
Most people who fall ill recover within two weeks. People with more severe cases generally recover in three to six weeks.
What does COVID “long haulers” mean?
Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even people who did not have COVID-19 symptoms in the days or weeks after they were infected can have post-COVID conditions. These conditions can have different types and combinations of health problems for different lengths of time.
These post-COVID conditions may also be known as long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, long-term effects of COVID, or chronic COVID.
Is there a vaccine to prevent COVID-19?
Multiple vaccines are currently available in the United States under Emergency Use Authorization. Vaccines in the US are highly effective, including against the Delta variant. Low vaccination rates in many communities are driving the current rapid and large surge in cases associated with the Delta variant, which also increases the chances that even more concerning variants could emerge.
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Why do some people with COVID-19 get sicker than others?
As with all viruses, some people are more vulnerable than others. People who may get sicker than others include people with heart disease, chronic lung disease (i.e. Asthma, COPD, etc.), diabetes and obesity.