A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference?
A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference? If you believe you have symptoms and might be infected with COVID-19, it’s best to be safe and get tested.
We know you have lots of questions and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. That’s why, as a trusted academic health center, we’re providing fact-based information, reliable data and the latest, evidence-based recommendations.
Those in quarantine should try to keep six to 10 feet of distance between themselves and another person, and avoid prolonged contact while in an enclosed space. They should also:
As the CDC explains: “Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.”
Recent studies suggest a significant number of people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms and those who develop symptoms spread germs before the symptoms appear. In light of this evidence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people wear cloth masks in addition to practicing social distancing. (Here are the CDC instructions on how to make and wear a cloth mask)
In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:
If you’re seriously ill, seek medical advice from a doctor or emergency department.
Based on current CDC guidance, person-to-person spread most likely occurs through respiratory droplets between people in close proximity, similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses.
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms.
Other groups typically at higher risk of infectious disease, such as pregnant women and young children, aren’t currently considered high risk.
The CDC continues to update recommendations for immunocompromised individuals and those at higher risk for severe COVID-19.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CARES Act requires that certain services and items related to COVID-19 testing are available at no cost to the patient.
For ongoing health care needs, below are options for the recently unemployed who no longer have employer insurance coverage:
Please also note that some of your care may be completed via telehealth. As of 4/1/2020 the following insurance plans pay for video visits: Aetna, Anthem, Buckeye, CareSource, Cigna Behavioral Health, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Molina, OSU Health Plan, Paramount, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Medicare and all the Medicaid insurance plans. Cigna Medical is not currently covering video visits. You are responsible for your insurance plan co-pay. If you are unsure of your coverage, contact your insurance plan.
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