I don't have any symptoms
If you are without symptoms but have traveled to a country with a CDC travel advisory or anywhere else in the United States with community spread of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you should self-quarantine yourself for 14 days.
I have symptoms
If you have a fever and lower respiratory symptoms and have recently traveled to a country with a CDC travel advisory or anywhere else in the United States with community spread of COVID-19, make every effort to work with your primary care physician.
Do not visit a doctor's office without notifying the clinic first to ensure proper protocols are followed to contain the potential spread of disease. Avoid areas that would include a large gathering of people.
If you don't have a primary care provider, you can call the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Coronavirus line at 785-856-4343. The line is currently operating from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are prompted, please leave a message including your question and contact information and they will work to provide you an answer.
For general questions, call the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Coronavirus line at 785-856-4343, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) at 866-534-3463 (866-KDHEINF) or email COVIDemail@example.com.
Visit Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is offering online symptom checker to help you decide if you think you might have COVID-19. Use the CDC Coronavirus Symptom Checker.
Your risk of getting COVID-19 depends on where you are, where you’ve traveled recently and whether you have a pre-existing or a chronic health condition. The CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately only if you have symptoms and have recently traveled to an area that has ongoing cases of the virus, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, call your primary care doctor before heading to a clinic or the hospital.
Individuals concerned about COVID-19 should call their primary healthcare provider. If your provider determines a test is necessary, your physician will place an order with LMH Health, then direct you to the hospital's specimen collection site, the Respiratory Evaluation Center. Specimens will not be collected without a physician's order. Additional information on the Respiratory Evaluation Center
Taking preventive steps is key in preventing the spread of infection. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without first washing your hands. Make sure to get your annual flu vaccination, if you haven’t already.
Other preventive measures you can take include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can track the time by singing “Happy Birthday” twice. If that’s not your jam, the choruses of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” or Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” also meet the mark.
- Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow to prevent the spread of droplets. The CDC does not recommend that you wear a mask if you are healthy.
- Staying home if you are sick and communicating with your doctor and employer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home and work. Don’t forget to clean your phone and computer keyboard.
- Practicing healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
While older adults and people with pre-existing or chronic health conditions are particularly susceptible, anyone of any age can get COVID-19.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
COVID-19 is a virus, so antibiotics do not work on it. Antibiotics work against bacterial infections, not viruses.