COVID-19 : FAQ's

Q. How is this new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

COVID-19 is spread person-to-person, mostly through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. It is also able to remain on surfaces and objects for over 2 hours.  Recent studies also show that particles can remain in the air for an extended period of time.

Q. Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

Most transmission occurs from symptomatic persons, but there is a small chance that asymptomatic persons can transmit the virus.

Q. How easily does this virus spread?

It is believed that COVID-19 is twice as infectious as the flu. The virus can also be transmitted for a much longer period of time compared to other viruses, possibly up to a month after initial exposure.

Q. Who is considered high risk?

A. Based off COVID-19 complications, as well as data from previous cases, those who are considered high risk include

  • Older adults (> 50 years old)
  • Those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and immunocompromised persons, e.g. persons being actively treated for cancer

Q. Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?

A. Unfortunately it is too early to tell if warmer weather will slow the spread of this virus.

Q. Do I need to wear a mask outside of my home?

A. If you do not have any symptoms, it is strongly advised to NOT wear a mask. Masks are in short supply, and are needed for those who have high risk for exposure, such as healthcare workers. If you do have symptoms such as coughing, it is advised to quarantine inside your home and restrict any travel outside the home until symptoms have resolved.

Q. I have symptoms that are worrisome for COVID-19. What should I do?

A. RVFM advises that you quarantine yourself IMMEDIATELY at your home. Please avoid persons that are considered high risk. Over 80% of infected persons will have mild to no symptoms; however, you are still considered extremely contagious. You can schedule a Telehealth appointment with one of our providers for further guidance and treatment.

Q. I have read that medications that I have been taking are putting me at higher risk. What should I do?

A. While there are some reports that certain medications may increase the risk of complications related to coronavirus, there is no universal recommendation to stop any current medication. RVFM does not advise stopping any medication without consulting a provider first. If you have questions about a certain medication that you are taking, please schedule a Telehealth appointment.