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For Information Contact Mississippi State Health Department
COVID-19 Hotline: (877) 978-6453 (now available 24/7)

Background

  • Coronavirus-19, also known as COVID-19 or SARS-2 virus is named as such because it has spikes on its surface like a crown (corona).
  •  There are many types of coronaviruses but only a few cause human infections. Nearly 25% of “the common cold” in humans are caused by coronaviruses. 
  • However, some types of coronaviruses can cause severe disease like COVID-19. 

Transmission

  • This virus spreads quickly between humans because there is no known treatment or vaccine. 
  • Most people will develop symptoms within 5 days after exposure and during this time they can infect others they come in contact with.
  • Most infections are mild or without symptoms but over 20% can get very sick. Severe and fatal infection can be seen in infants less than 12 months, adults over 60-65 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions affecting the lung, heart, and kidney, or chronic diseases like diabetes or HIV.

Symptoms

  • Initial symptoms may include fever, sore throat and a dry cough. 
  • Some may start with abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. 
  • As the disease progresses, worsening cough, painful swallowing and difficulty breathing can present quickly.

Diagnosis

If symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 develop, immediately contact the local Hospital at (662) 627-3211 - to be screened and tested, if necessary.

Treatment

  • Currently there is no approved treatment for this viral infection. 
  • Patients’ symptoms are managed until the immune system can clear it.
  • It is best to avoid using Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil contain ibuprofen) to treat fever in this infection because this drug may make the infection worse. 
  • Fever may be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) but not more than 3-4 doses a day. 
  • In addition, drinking plenty of fluids frequently will help symptoms. 
  • It is best to avoid any unreliable therapies reported, especially on social media.

Recovery

  • Most patients with mild symptoms will recover within 10-14 days.
  • They are capable of spreading the virus during that time.
  • WASHING HANDS frequently for at least 20 seconds each time is the best way to control transmission
  • Avoiding crowded areas unless urgent.
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from another individual may limit transmission.
  • Cough into the elbow, instead of the hands, and trying not to touch the face or eyes
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, sharing food or drinks with others
  • Eating only well-cooked food; washing all fruits and vegetables before eating
  • Avoiding going to hospitals or doctor’s offices unless needed.