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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection known to spread person-to-person through droplets from an infected person coughing or sneezing. That is why it is best to practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between you and another person. Simple steps such as frequent hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces, and avoiding close contact with others can help you and your family stay healthy. Additionally, the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health now recommend the use of cloth masks when leaving your home.
What is the status of coronavirus in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health updates case data in the Commonwealth daily. You can access statewide and county-level data here.
Should I wear a mask?
When leaving your home, the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health recommend wearing a cloth mask. Remember this saying, My mask protects you, your mask protects me. That means, your mask prevents you from possibly spreading the virus while another person's mask prevents them from spreading it to you. You can learn how to make your own cloth mask here.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
The primary symptoms of the coronavirus are coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. If you may have been exposed to an infected person in the last 2-14 days and develop these symptoms, you should call your doctor who will work with you to evaluate your symptoms and make plans for care. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you should call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has developed a self-checker to evaluate your symptoms. This is not a substitute for seeking advice from a medical professional.
Should I get tested for COVID-19?
Your medical professional will advise you on whether and where to be tested for the novel coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is not currently advising testing for individuals who do not exhibit symptoms of the virus.
Can I continue routine medical care?
You should consult with your healthcare provider for the best course of action for your routine medical needs. The CDC advises using telemedicine (phone or videochat) in lieu of routine visits to your physician and recommends delaying routine dental and eyecare appointments. Physicians have also been advised to postpone elective and non-urgent procedures.
Additional Coronavirus Information
PA Department of Health: 1-877-724-3258
PA Behavioral Health Hotline: 1-855-284-2494