COVID-19 FAQs

04/03/2020

We understand that people are concerned about their risk of COVID-19. The information on this webpage and this site is the most current information available. As part of our effort to keep patients and staff healthy, please view our new visitation policy.

If you are experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath and have concerns that this might be COVID-19, please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.
If you do not have a primary care provider, please call your state at: NH dial 2-1-1, VT (802) 863-7240.

Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
If you are very sick get medical attention immediately. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (caused by the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV) is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, which is spreading worldwide.

The latest updates are available on the Centers for Disease Control's web page Coronavirus (COVID-19).

What are the symptoms?

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How is it transmitted?

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. Learn more here.

Can someone who is not sick spread the virus?

People who demonstrate symptoms are thought to be the most contagious. Although spread is possible before people show symptoms, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How can I protect myself and my family?

General precautions you should take to reduce your risk of any respiratory viral infection apply in this situation such as:

  • Visit the CDC for current recommendations on masks
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Travel advisories help inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues in specific international destinations, and updates can be found on the CDC website.

How is a patient treated for COVID-19?

The basic approach to prevent disease transmission is to:

  • Identify patients who show symptoms.
  • Isolate those patients from others for assessment.
  • Inform appropriate staff and authorities for further response.

If people appear with symptoms, they will be asked to wear a mask and answer a series of questions about their health. Based on their answers and vital signs, they may be isolated from other patients while COVID-19 test results can be verified.

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and treated.

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