Coronavirus (COVID-19): Other Frequently Asked Questions
What is the novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
How does the virus spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily in the community in some geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- 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.
- This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
What are the symptoms?
Current reported symptoms have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, although the clinical spectrum ranges from mild disease with non-specific signs and symptoms of acute respiratory illness to severe pneumonia with respiratory failure and septic shock. There have also been reports of asymptomatic infection with COVID-19.
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, we recommend you call your physician before going to the hospital or urgent care center.
- If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, we recommend you call your physician before going to the hospital or urgent care center.
- For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at an Archbold hospital or clinic?
All of our hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe. Here are some of the actions Archbold is taking to keep you safe:
- Patients with COVID-19 are isolated from other patients
- All patients and all employees are masked at all times
- Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, gowns and gloves are worn by our clinical staff
- Handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer gel is strictly enforced
- All healthcare personnel and any visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms (including fever) prior to entering the hospital
- Strict visitation restrictions are enforced and no visitation is allowed for COVID-19 patients
- Offering telemedicine options when possible
I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor. What should I do?
In most cases, you should keep your regular appointments. If you have a previously scheduled appointment and have developed a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please contact the clinic before coming to your appointment.
Where do I go for more information on COVID-19?
Keep consistent and up to date by checking the CDC website.