Center for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC

1600 Clifton Rd.   Atlanta, GA 30333

COVID19 FAQ

  


Phone
(800) 232-4636 | Main Client Number
(404) 639-3311 | Administrative

SERVICE HOURS:24 hours daily

INTAKE PROCEDURE:Internet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html




DESCRIPTION:The CDC is providing updated information on the state and federal response to the coronavirus, as well as resources. See below FAQ's for more information on COVID-19.

ELIGIBILITY:no restrictions

DOCUMENTS:No documents required

FEES:none

LOCATIONS:For the latest information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/ or the Georgia Department of Public Health website https://dph.georgia.gov/

WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19, 2019-nCoV)?
The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as coronavirus (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms like the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019, AND WHO IS AT RISK?
Current symptoms reported for patients with the virus have included, the following and adults are more prone to this virus, more so than children at this point.
*Runny nose
*Headache
*Cough
*Sore throat
*Fever
*A general feeling of being unwell
The CDC believes individuals may begin to experience the symptoms of the virus 2-14 days after exposure. For more detailed information, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

DO WE HAVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN GEORGIA?
Currently there have been 9156 (as of April 7) confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19. The goal is to quickly identify cases and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public. For more information on Georgia's response to the COVID-19 visit the DPH website https://dph.georgia.gov/

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE THE VIRUS?
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Also, if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care providers will work with the state's public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested. Make sure to call first.

IS MY HEALTH INSURANCE GOING TO COVER THE TEST AND/OR TREATMENT OF THE CORONAVIRUS?
The Federal Government has announced that all health insurance providers will cover the cost of the test and treatment of the Coronavirus. However, you should contact your provider for details.

WHAT IF I AM UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED?
If you don't have health insurance, or you are underinsured, contact the local Health Department for instructions on where to go to get tested.

WHERE HAVE THERE BEEN CONFIRMED CASES?
The Coronavirus started in China and has now been detected in almost 209 nations internationally, including the United States.

HOW IS CORONAVIRUS TRANSMITTED?
**Person-to-person spread:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
o Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
o Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
**Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects:
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.

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?
*Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick
*Stay home when you are sick
*Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL AND ESPECIALLY TO OTHER COUNTRIES WITH AN EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF CASES?
CDC has information on their website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html, for travelers inquiring about upcoming travel to certain countries with a high number of virus cases, or travel precautions in general.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS THE VIRUS?
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area in a country (China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea) with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

WHO IS AT HIGHER RISK FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS?
Early information shows that some of the people with higher risk of getting very sick include seniors, and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung and kidney disease.

IS THERE A VACCINE?
Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but vaccines are being worked on.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT PETS OR OTHER ANIMALS AND COVID-19?
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.

DOES THE CDC RECOMMEND THE USE OF FACEMASK TO PREVENT COVID-19?
The CDC recommends using a cloth cover or face mask when going out. This does not replace keeping at least 6 feet of distance between individuals.

ADDITONAL INFORMATION:
CDC Information and factsheets on the coronavirus in various languages, can be found below:
**Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
**Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-Chinese.html
**Fact sheets in various languages: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
**What you need to know: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
At the bottom of these pages are "what to do" and What not to do" in multiple languages.

World Health Organization:
*Myth busters: advice for the public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
*Coronavirus SCAM ALERT Warning
The Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers that scam artists are trying to take advantage of consumers' during heightened attention to coronavirus. Scam artists may post, email, and text to promote false information about "cases" of the disease in your neighborhood that do not exist, and bogus prevention medication in order to obtain your personal information and your money. They also may ask you to donate to victims through a sham charity or offer "advice" about false treatments for the disease.

**TO AVOID THESE TYPES OF SCAMS:
*Don't fall victim to click bate. If you receive an email or text claiming to have news about coronavirus, do not open it, and get accurate information about any updates in the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) website.
*Watch for imposter emails. Look out for emails claiming to be the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). If you're not already subscribed to receive emails from them, you won't get one out of nowhere.
*Ignore online offers for vaccinations or miracle treatments. If you see ads touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the coronavirus, ignore it. You won't hear about medical breakthroughs for the first time through an ad or sales pitch.

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