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 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 Frequently
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. To find a free testing site, click here.
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).
What does the CDC recommend regarding facemasks?
The CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health recommend the following:
Everyone: Wear a face covering when in public and in situations where it is difficult to stay 6 feet apart. It is also recommended when you are around people who do not live in your house. The mask protects other people in case you are infected and protects you from people who may be infected. 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 covering to avoid spreading the virus.
Those caring for 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 N-95 mask at home, use that, otherwise it is okay to use a cloth face mask. 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?
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.
Is there a vaccine to prevent COVID-19?
Multiple vaccines are currently going through clinical trials in the United States. It may take up to a year to fully develop, test, and distribute a vaccine to ensure it is safe and effective at stopping the spread of the illness. In the meantime, you can make sure you protect yourself from other illnesses, by staying up to date on all of your vaccines. The flu and other vaccines are available now. Please call 303-730-1313 for more information.
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.