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). It is possible for the virus to spread before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
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.