COVID-19 Updates on Testing, Treatment and Information
The CDC’s latest update advises those that have received their full vaccination to continue wearing a mask while indoors and at events where contact is unavoidable to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Boa Vida Healthcare is monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock. We have implemented all recommendations provided by our local and state departments of health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our patients, staff and community are safe.
Patient and Visitor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Coronavirus
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new virus in humans causing a respiratory (lung) illness that can be spread from person to person.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 is mostly spread from person to person through droplets from the lungs. These droplets are spread when someone with COVID-19 sneezes, coughs, or talks. Contagious droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, which can then cause an infection in that person. Droplets can land on surfaces and objects that, when touched, the virus enters through touching the eyes, mouth, and nose, causing a new infection.
Who is at risk of getting coronavirus?
People who live, work, or travel in the regions where coronavirus is spreading are at risk of catching the disease. So are people who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
People of older age and with medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be at greater risk if exposed to the virus.
What are the symptoms that I might have if I get COVID-19?
About 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to COVID-19, you may get:
- A fever
- A cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Body or muscle aches
- A headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- A sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How can I avoid getting the coronavirus?
To prevent the spread of this virus:
Get vaccinated! Encourage your family members and loved ones to be vaccinated.
Whether you are vaccinated or not:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure.
- Ask others to cover their mouths and nose when they cough and sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect regularly used objects and surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Be sure to wash your hands often, especially after the following activities:
- Using the bathroom
- Touching common surfaces, such as elevator buttons and phones
- Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Before eating
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that everyone wears facemasks when traveling in public for essential services. The general public should wear homemade cloth face coverings rather than medical-grade masks needed by front-line workers. Face coverings should shield the nose and mouth.
I think I have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. What should I do?
How can I learn more?
- If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus and do not have symptoms, contact your primary care doctor.
- If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, contact your primary care doctor.
- If you are having trouble breathing, visit an emergency room near you for immediate care. If you can, call ahead so they can plan for your arrival.
Resources for Patients Diagnosed with COVID-19
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov and search “COVID-19.”
- Call your primary care doctor.
Where to get Your COVID-19 Vaccine?
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- Everyone 12 years of age and older are now eligible to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.
- Learn about the different vaccines available.
- Search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.
Visit this page for more info on COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Indiana
Please check out the Indiana Vaccine website, www.coronavirus.in.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Tennessee
Please check out the Tennessee Vaccine website, www.tn.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Mississippi
Please check out the Mississippi Vaccine website, msdh.ms.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Oklahoma
Please check out the Oklahoma Vaccine website, oklahoma.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Kansas
Please check out the new Kansas Vaccine website, www.KansasVaccine.gov.