COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus (
) 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?
Signs and symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus may appear two
to 14 days after exposure and can include:
- Difficulty Breathing
How can I prevent myself from getting sick?
You should stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of
being exposed. If you must go out in public, practice social distancing
- keep a distance of 6 feet distance between you and others and wash your
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your local health care provider
and ask how best to be evaluated. 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
Can I be tested for COVID-19?
If you have symptoms, please call your doctor to discuss your symptoms
before arriving to their clinic. If you need a doctor please call Baton
Rouge General Physicians at (844) 338-6499.
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.
Can I catch COVID-19 from contact with an object rather than a person?
Yes, you can catch COVID-19 from an object if the surface of that object
has live virus on it. How long the virus can live outside an organism
is unknown. Expert estimates range from a few hours to up to nine days,
depending on the type of surface, surrounding temperature and environment.
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:
- Flu season is still in full swing and it’s not too late to get a
flu shot. This is key because if you have the flu, you’re at higher
risk for other infections like pneumonia.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home 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.
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?
Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated
with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the
United States associated with imported goods. In general, because of poor
survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk
of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of
days or weeks.
Who is at higher risk?
People with chronic medical conditions like: Heart disease, Diabetes, Lung disease.
Should I self-isolate myself?