Updated: 3/15/2020

What are the most common symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Most cases in adults include mild symptoms, similar to those of the flu. These cases can be safely managed from home. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 is fever (a temperature over 100.4F or 38.0C), followed by cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be accompanied by body aches, fatigue, nausea and congestion.
  • At least 80% of cases are mild and similar to the flu. Children seem to have even milder symptoms and tolerate the illness better than adults.

How is COVID-19 spread?

  • COVID-19 is spread like other common viruses which cause a cold or the flu. This is typically via small droplets that are spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
  • Being within close proximity to an infected person for a prolonged period of time (usually within 6 feet for 10 minutes) can put you at a higher risk of infection.
  • Virus particles can also settle on surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and drinking glasses, or be transmitted through contact via shaking hands or kissing.

How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Simple measures such as routine hand washing (soap and water for 20 seconds or use of a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer), avoiding touching your face and covering your cough or sneeze are helpful at reducing transmission. Due to limited supply, only persons with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should wear masks to help cover coughs and sneezes.

Do I have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, chances are that you have a common cold or flu, but it is possible you have COVID-19. Your chances of having COVID-19 would increase significantly if you’ve been in close contact (spending at least 10 minutes together within 6 feet) with a person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

Can Total Care Primary Care test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Total Care Primary Care is not able to test for COVID-19 at this time. Testing is currently a highly limited resource, reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and those hospitalized with severe illness.
  • As testing capacity expands, we will work to provide access to tests in a safe, on-demand, high quality manner consistent with the rest of our services.
  • If you may be at risk, chat with our providers and we can help connect you with the best locally available testing facility.

Can Total Care Primary Care treat me for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • There are no treatments for COVID-19 at this time. Most symptoms involve a moderate flu-like illness that resolves within 7 days. Treatment is similar to over-the-counter remedies for the common cold, including ibuprofen or Tylenol, cough suppressants, hydration, and rest.
  • If you are not having severe symptoms, it is recommended to stay at home to avoid exposing others as most people recover without the need for medical care.
  • If you develop more severe symptoms, such as significant shortness of breath, wheezing, or light-headedness, it is recommended that you seek local emergency care. If possible, call your local ER to inform them of your arrival before you arrive.