What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

This article was last edited 5:41 am on April 28, 2020.

This post is for the many people in our community who are wondering about the 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?

Coronavirus 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 of coronavirus?

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

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?

No vaccine or specific treatment currently exists for this virus.

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?

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

Can you get tested at your local hospital or urgent care?

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 coronavirus 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?

According to the CDC, there is a low risk of getting coronavirus from products or packaging that are shipped over a few days or weeks at ambient temperatures. There have been no cases in the United States associated with imported goods.

Should I use a facemask to avoid getting sick?

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

What are schools doing to prepare?

All Alabama public schools will be closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year.

  • This includes cancellation of all athletic events
  • This means staff and students will not report to schools during this time