Get the facts about COVID-19

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the current state of the country and the risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the risk of getting sick with this virus in the USA is low. As we learn more about coronavirus, we know how to limit the spread of the virus. 

There are a few ways you can protect yourself: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Wear a face mask in public and when you’re around people who don’t live with you
  • Try to maintain at least six feet between you and others
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well

The CDC has debunked several myths about the virus. Here are the facts about COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The CDC describes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a mild to severe respiratory virus. Symptoms can include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects people on the CDC’s website.

You can limit the spread of COVID-19 through these simple steps: 

  • Get vaccinated
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean high touch surfaces daily This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks
  • Monitor your health daily for symptoms and take your temperature 

Additional preventative measures can be found on the CDC’s Prevention & Treatment page. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) also has great resources for you, your friends and your family. 

Preventing COVID-19 from spreading is important. If you think you have COVID-19, there are several ways to care for yourself and others. 

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Get tested
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For steps on how to prevent the spread of the virus if you are sick, visit the CDC’s website

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

For more detailed information, visit the CDC website

Symptomatic: 

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 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​

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

Asymptomatic: 

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for symptomatic patients. 

The CDC says those with the following chronic conditions might be at a higher risk for severe symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) should they become infected: 

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic Lung Disease (COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension 
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) 
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV Infection
  • Weakened immune system (immunocompromised state) 
  • Liver Disease
  • Overweight or Obese
  • Pregnant 
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking (current or former) 
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Substance use disorders

The CDC also warns older adults to take special precautions as people over the age of 65 face a higher risk of COVID-19 complications.

See a comprehensive list here

The number of confirmed cases in Kansas is updated daily by KDHE. Access their map for the latest numbers.

COVID-19 might have an impact on your Medicare or Medicaid plans due to recent change sin the programs. To learn how you might be affected, visit this resource by The Midland Group

The FBI is warning people to be on alert about malicious emails and scams capitalizing on the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here

If you’re over the age of 65, you’re at a higher risk of complications and severe symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC has information to keep you safe.