Q: What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. COVID-19 causes illnesses that can range from mild to more severe.
Q: Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19?
A: According to the CDC, for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be moderate. The CDC’s current risk assessment includes:
According to the CDC, some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
For more information visit the CDC’s website.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Most patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID 19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Q: How does COVID-19 spread?
A: The virus is most likely to spread through:
Q: What is the treatment for COVID-19?
A: There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. For patients who are more severely ill, medical care or hospitalization may be required. The medical community is continuing to learn more about COVID-19, and treatment may change over time.
Q: What can I do to keep myself and others healthy?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu:
Q: What do I do if I have symptoms?
A: Call your health care provider to identify the safest way to receive care. Let them know if you have traveled to an affected area within the last 14 days or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
In order to prevent health care facilities throughout Nevada from being inundated with calls and patients arriving at their locations without prior appointments, local health districts are urging residents to only contact your medical professional if it is a serious situation. Currently, medical providers in Nevada have the most concern for residents who:
Q: What should I do if I don’t have insurance or a health care provider?
A: Medically uninsured patients seeking care are encouraged to visit a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in their community. FQHCs are defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration as providing comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. To find an FQHC near you, please visit https://www.nvpca.org
Q: What is a PUI (person under investigation)?
A: According to the latest CDC guidelines, PUI are individuals with COVID-19 symptoms—but not necessarily the virus—who may have been exposed through close contact with a confirmed case, travel to an affected region, or who have severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization with no more likely diagnosis and no source of exposure has been identified.
Q: What is a PUM (person under monitoring), otherwise known as an Individual under public health supervision?
A: A PUM is an individual who does not have COVID-19 symptoms but who may have been exposed through close contact with a confirmed case or from recent travel to an affected region. PUM determinations are made in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Q: What is close contact?
A: Close contact is defined as:
Q: Where can I get more information about COVID-19?
A: Information is available through the following resources:
You can also call the Southern Nevada Health District’s Information Line at 702-759-INFO for updated information about the COVID-19 outbreak.
The following documents provide guidance for individuals deemed close contacts, people under monitoring, or confirmed cases.
Our Nevada Health Response Medical Advisory Team has been working around the clock to provide guidance and recommendations on social distancing and other effective ways to address the spread of COVID-19.
The initial guidance they have provided is as follows:
When it comes to gatherings, the risk is not just based on how many people there are, but rather how closely they are gathered and how they are interacting with each other. The risk does not disappear in smaller gatherings. It’s the distance and precautions that will make the difference. With that in mind, Governor Sisolak has issued the following directives to the people of Nevada:
As new guidance continues to come out from the CDC, the Medical Advisory Team will work with local health districts and top medical professionals to review and provide recommendations and this page will be updated.