COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have many questions about what is happening and how it affects you and your loved ones. Below is a collection of common questions from the community.
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How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread through the transmission of respiratory droplets. If a person infected with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, they put anyone within six feet of them at risk of developing the virus.
What symptoms should I be concerned about and how do those differ from the common cold?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It can present in a similar way to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu. There is a range of symptoms, but the most common ones are fever, cough and trouble breathing.
Should I be more worried about variants like Delta?
Variants are expected as long as transmission continues. Delta is more contagious than previous variants and cases due to the Delta variant are rising rapidly. Unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.
If kids get infected with Delta, are they at serious risk?
Most children who get COVID-19 have less symptoms than adults. However, the Delta variant is more transmissible than other variants, therefore protection against exposure is more important than ever, especially among those who are unvaccinated or too young to be vaccinated.
What changed from 2 months ago when you said vaccinated people did not need to mask?
- Delta variant is surging: it has quickly grown from less than 1% of cases in May to more than 80% now.
- Delta spreads about twice as easily from one person to another than previous strains of the virus.
- Importantly, the vaccines can help prevent Delta from spreading even further. Most transmission happening around the country is among unvaccinated people and in areas with low vaccination rates. We need more people to get vaccinated to stay ahead of changes in the virus.
Should vaccinated people worry they are spreading the virus?
Vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country. Most vaccinated people are protected from the virus – breakthrough cases occur in only a small proportion of vaccinated people and the vast majority are avoiding serious illness, hospitalization, or death. If you get vaccinated, your risk of infection is ~3.5-fold lower, your risk of getting ill from COVID is over 8-fold lower, and your risk of hospitalization or death is ~25-fold lower.
When should I see my doctor or seek emergency care?
It depends on the severity of your symptoms. If the symptoms can be managed at home, we encourage you to do that. If your symptoms are severe enough that you need to seek medical care, or if you have underlying healthcare conditions, please contact your primary care provider or seek care wherever you would normally seek care. Either way, if you are sick, it is important to isolate yourself from others whenever possible.
If people catch COVID-19, can they get it a second time?
Not everything is known about this new virus, but medical professionals currently believe that people will acquire immunity once they've recovered from COVID-19. However, it is possible that the immunity will wane over time.
What happens when someone in Glenn County tests positive for COVID-19?
Residents with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 are isolated at home and away from others until there has been no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, there has been improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) for at least 3 days; AND it is at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared (i.e., the minimum length of time will be 7 days).