What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel Coronavirus that has not been identified until recently. It is believed to be transmitted from person to person and by touching contaminated surfaces. It is being transmitted very easily.
 

What is the latency period and why is it important to stay home?

The latency period last up to 14 days. This means that if you were in contact with someone who has CV, it could take up to 14 days for the symptoms to appear.

It is important to stay at home during these 14 days after the contact because it has been proven that people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others. After 14 days without symptoms, you are believed to no longer be contagious.
 

Symptoms: mild, moderate, severe and when to call 911

The symptoms can vary person to person. Some people can get a mild fever, cough, sore throat, and feel very tired. Headache, earache, loss of taste and smell.

Younger patients usually present with the mild form of the disease with cold-like symptoms like runny nose, cough, and diarrhea and vomiting.
Others might have intense body aches, chills, sweats. 

In severe cases, the person can have SOB, chest pain or pressure on the chest, confusion, and bluish lips or face. If any of these symptoms are present, get medical attention immediately.
 

What is the cure?

For the moment there is no known cure for this virus. All around the world, scientists are working on this. In the meantime, all we can do is wait, focus on hand hygiene and most importantly, listen to social distancing regulations. 
 

I had a COVID-19 test, how long does it take to get results?

Anyone experiencing cold, flu, GI – like symptoms. Fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, body aches, fatigue and headache are all common symptoms. 

The test consists of a PCR, that detects viral DNA from a sample that is taken in the clinic. This sample is done by the insertion of a long q-tip in the patient’s nostrils. It is unpleasant but it is harmless, it is not painful and it takes one second to get the sample. 

Results currently take up to five days. You will receive a phone call from an Vail Health employee regarding your results. We appreciate your patience while you await your phone call. 

What do I do if the results are negative/positive?

If the result is NEGATIVE: Continue to listen to local, state and national social distancing regulations, practice good hand hygiene and call your local primary care provider or urgent care if your symptoms continue. 

If the result is POSITIVE: Isolation until: 72 hs without fever and symptoms improving, and at least 7 days after the first day of symptoms. 

If you are living with your family members, ensure they are isolating 14 days since the onset of your symptoms. 

If you have the ability to keep sick family members in a different room of your house, please try and distance sick from healthy family members. 

 

If I had COVID-19, can I get it again?

There is not enough information about this virus to know if a person can be reinfected. That’s why we recommend patients to stay at home and take social distancing precautions.