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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As we learn more about the virus, the CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. Click here to find the most current information from the CDC.

What is coronavirus?

The Coronavirus ( COVID-19) is an airborne virus in the corona viral family, but it is more severe and spreads easily.

How does it spread?

The virus is thought to spread similarly to influenza. That is, it spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby - typically within 6 feet - or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you being to develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you need a doctor, call Baton Rouge General Physicians at (225) 763-4500. Do not go to your health care provider or hospital without calling first. If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus stay at home except to get medical care.

  • Keep track of your symptoms.
  • If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

If you think you are sick with COVID-19, same-day testing is available at BRG Express Care.

BRG Express Care - Dutchtown
13201 Highway 73, Suite 102
Geismar, LA 70734
(225) 763-4500
Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BRG Express Care - Highland Village
4410 Highland Road, Suite A3
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 831-4025
Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BRG Express Care - Nicholson Gateway
3604 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 831-4030​
​Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Can I be tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms and would like to be tested, please call Baton Rouge General Physicians at (225) 763-4500. Same-day and rapid testing is also available at BRG Express Care. No appointment is needed.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Currently, there are no antiviral medications available to treat Coronavirus. If you are diagnosed, home care is recommended to relieve your symptoms.

What are severe complications from this virus?

Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.

What should I do if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should stay home. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home and avoid sharing personal household items. Cover your coughs and sneezes and clean your hands often. You should monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appearedand
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

Note that these recommendations do not apply to persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).

When should I seek emergency care?

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

How can I prevent myself from getting sick?

When going out in public, wear a mask and practice social distancing - keep a distance of 6 feet distance between you and others and wash your hands often.

Can a person have COVID-19 without having symptoms?

Yes.

How can I protect myself?

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19, everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home especially when you are sick.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Who is at higher risk?

Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Older Adults
  • Pregnant People
  • People with Medical Conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
    • Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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