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COVID-19 Facts

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the current state of the country and the risk of contracting COVID-19. According to the CDC, the risk of getting sick with this virus in the USA is low. Simple hand-washing and other hygiene as well as staying home when you’re sick and avoiding others with symptoms of any illness can help prevent you from becoming ill. The CDC has debunked several myths surrounding novel coronavirus. Here are the facts.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is novel coronavirus?

The CDC describes the novel coronavirus or 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

You can find more information about COVID-19 on the CDC’s website.

How do you prevent novel coronavirus?

Some basic preventative measures you and your family can take are:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Isolate and stay home if you are ill
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched

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

What do I do if I think I’ve become infected by COVID-19 or novel coronavirus?

If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have traveled to attended a mass gathering (i.e. conferences, cruises, concerts, etc.) within 14 days of the onset, call your doctor immediately. Mention any travel to them and the names of those you’ve been in close contact with. Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested for novel coronavirus. For steps on how to prevent spread if you are sick, visit the CDC website.

For other questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the CDC’s FAQs page or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) FAQs page.

Why can’t I get tested for COVID-19?

NMC follows the currently testing guidelines set forth by the CDC and KDHE. Individuals who show clear signs of respiratory issues (fever or cough) and have traveled to high risk areas or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be isolated as a patient under investigation.

Follow preliminary evaluations, KDHE will make a final determination on COVID-19 testing.

If you do NOT meet the current CDC/KDHE testing criteria, you are identified as being low risk for the illness and are asked to follow these preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Isolate and stay home if you are ill
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched

If you do not meet the necessary screening criteria and feel you should be tested, contact your primary care provider for further evaluation.

How many cases of COVID-19 are 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 and medicaid plans due to recent changes in the programs. To learn how you might be directly impacted, visit this resource from The Midland Group.


Coronavirus 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.