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 the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus (
COVID-19) is a newly identified airborne virus in the corona viral family, but
it is more severe and spreads easily. Diagnosis is difficult because it
shares several symptoms with
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
What are 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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- 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, please 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 - Highland Village location.
BRG Express Care - Highland Village
4410 Highland Road, Suite A3
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 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 testing is available at
BRG Express Care - Highland Village location. 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 self-quarantine for
14 days and restrict activities outside your 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).
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, 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?
How can I protect myself?
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus disease
(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.
- 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
What does social distancing mean?
Social distancing is remaining out of public settings, avoiding mass gatherings,
and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
Who is at higher risk?
People with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes
and lung disease.
Should I self-isolate myself?