What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

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This article was last edited on May 5, 2020.

This post is for the many people in our community who are wondering about Coronavirus and what it means for Alabama. We want to make the current information readily available to you. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus.

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a type of virus that can cause symptoms like the common cold or flu. In extreme cases, it can cause respiratory illness. There are many types of coronaviruses in the world. However, the one circulating now has not been identified in humans before now. Therefore, there is not a vaccine to help limit the spread.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms associated with the confirmed cases have ranged from mild to severe.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Is there a vaccine?

No vaccine currently exists for this virus.

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

Walk into any of our 16 clinics if you are experiencing symptoms. Similarly, if you have close contact with a person who has a confirmed case or if you recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of coronavirus, walk in to be evaluated. Please let the front desk staff know of your symptoms immediately upon arrival. Click here for more COVID-19 testing resources.

How can I get tested?

MainStreet Family Care and KidsStreet Urgent Care are currently testing for COVID-19. If you are concerned you have COVID-19, or would like to be tested for COVID-19, click here to learn more. You can also walk in to any MainStreet Family Care clinic to be evaluated.

How can I protect myself from getting this virus?

The best way to prevent getting it is to avoid being exposed to it. It sounds obvious, but everyday actions to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include:

  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using household cleaning spray or wipes with bleach, ammonia or alcohol
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a mask when out in public or when in contact with others

Can I get coronavirus from goods shipped from China?

There is a low risk of getting this virus from products or packaging shipped over a few days or weeks at ambient temperatures. You can find more information regarding this topic on the CDC website.

Should I use a facemask to avoid getting sick?

The CDC is now recommending the use of a facemask to prevent the coronavirus.

What if I think I already had it?

You can walk in any time to take the antibody test. You can learn more about the antibody test here.