What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause illness in humans and animals. Illness caused by coronaviruses range from the common cold to more severe respiratory illnesses and even pneumonia in some specific cases.

What are Symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are typically mild and begin gradually. The symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Some people infected with the virus do not show symptoms or feel sick. Most people recover (feel better) without needing special treatment. Older people and those with existing medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop more serious symptoms.

How do I know if I should be screened for the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you aren’t feeling well, or you’re concerned that you have been exposed to the virus, you may be wondering if you should be tested for COVID-19.

To ensure that resources are used in service of those most in need, testing resources are currently only available for high-risk, seriously ill patients and healthcare workers who may have been exposed to the virus. This approach is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.

Questions on COVID-19 Testing

When should I consider COVID-19 screening?

If you have a new onset of viral or flu-like symptoms including but not limited to cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea or muscle aches within the past 14 days, you should consider getting screened.

Where should I seek COVID-19 screening?

Call your doctor or seek a testing site Visit Indiana State Department of Health for Testing Sites Near You