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)

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills and/or repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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

How do you prevent COVID-19?

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

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing (keeping six feet between you and others)
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose
  • Wear a mask around people who don’t live with you
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched like door knobs, handles, faucets, toilets, counters, keyboards, phones, etc. 

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. 

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have traveled or attended a mass gathering (conferences, cruises, concerts, etc.) within 14 days of those symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Tell them about any travel and the names of people you have been in close contact with. Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. 

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

Why can’t I get tested for COVID-19? 

NMC Health follows the current testing guidelines from the CDC and KDHE, which include: 

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • People who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • People who  have been referred by their family doctor, local or state department to be tested for COVID-19

If you do not meet the necessary requirements and still feel you need to be tested, speak with your primary care doctor first. 

How do I know if I’m at a higher risk for getting coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • Obesity
  • COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis)
  • Heart issues like congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies
  • Pregnancy
  • Sick cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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.

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.

How many cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are confirmed in Kansas? 

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

How does COVID-19 affect my Medicare or Medicaid benefits? 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scam Alert

The WHO is warning people to be on alert about malicious emails and scams capitalizing on the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more through the WHO Cyber Security page