Adapted from the CDC’s Website
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. So, it’s possible for a person to test positive for coronavirus, but not have COVID-19.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus spreads from person to person. According to the CDC, the virus appears to spread:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Is COVID-19 contagious before a person is even sick?
The CDC states that people are most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). However, it is possible for someone to spread the virus before showing symptoms or be asymptomatic (an individual never feels sick or experiences symptoms).
What does the CDC recommend regarding facemasks?
Facemask recommendations differ depending on individual situations:
Everyone: The CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health recommend that people wear a cloth face mask when in public and in situations where it is difficult to stay 6 feet apart. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. The cloth masks will prevent those who have no symptoms, or who do not have symptoms yet, from spreading the virus. Click here for a DIY facemask tutorial.
Those who are sick: If you have a fever, cough, or body aches, stay home and away from roommates/family members as much as possible. When you do need to leave your room wear a cloth face mask to avoid spreading the virus.
Those caring from someone who is sick: If you are caring for someone who has fever, cough or body aches, limit the amount of contact they have with you and others. The sick person should wear a cloth face mask to avoid spreading the virus. If the sick person is not able to wear a face mask, you should wear a face mask while in the same room with them. IF you have an N95 mask at home, use that, otherwise it is okay to use a cloth face mask as well. Make sure to wash your hands often and every time you leave the room that the sick person is in.
If I become sick, when should I seek medical attention?
If you are sick and symptoms are not considered emergency warning signs, it is important to stay home. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include (but are not limited to): trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; bluish lips or face.
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 kind of test is there for COVID-19?
Officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are now able to complete nasal swab tests for COVID-19. Depending on the testing site and the number of tests being conducted, results are available within 5 days.
Is there a vaccine to prevent COVID-19?
Health experts are working to create a vaccine and hope to begin testing it within months. But, it may take about a year to fully develop and test a vaccine to prevent the spread of the illness. There is a flu vaccine available, and the flu currently is impacting our community. If you have not gotten a flu vaccine, please talk to your provider or call us at 303-730-1313.
Why do some people with COVID-19 get sicker than others?
As with all viruses, some people are more vulnerable than others. According to data from China, the most vulnerable people include those with heart disease, chronic lung disease (i.e. Asthma, COPD, etc.), diabetes and obesity.