COVID-19   FAQs

What’s close contact?

Is there a cure/vaccine for COVID-19?

How should someone stay safe?

Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection for a prolonged period or having direct contact with the secretions of a person with COVID-19.

No, there is no cure that has been found yet, although work has begun on the search for a cure.

 

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Wash your hands with soap and water for atleast 20 seconds

Use alcohol based sanitizer that is 60% alcohol or greater.

Avoid ‘Close Contact’

Follow the rules of your local health department

Do I need a facemask? 

As of June 26, it is a statewide order for people to wear masks in public indoor areas like offices and stores. In outdoor public areas, people are required to wear masks if they cannot maintain a 6ft distance

What is the difference between a regular face mask and an N95 respirator?

Face masks are generally not airtight and prevent a person from coughing and spreading germs, an N95 respirator on the other hand is completely airtight, covering the nose and mouth. 

What should I do if I've attended a protest? 

How is COVID-19 spread?

Can COVID-19 be spread through other sources such as mosquitoes, ticks, or food (restaurant takeout, refrigerated or frozen food)?

Can COVID-19 be contracted through packages delivered by services such as 'Amazon' 

Does COVID-19 spread through water? 

If you have attended a protest, it is wise to stay home and quarantine for at least 14 days and wait to see if you have symptoms. 

As of right now COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and through contact tracing.

As of now, CDC has found that COVID-19 is mainly spread through contact tracing. Although there are no confirmed links of COVID-19 spreading through food and other measures, it is recommended to wash your hands for 20 secs after handling the object.

COVID-19 is primarily believed to be spread by respiratory droplets. There is a very small possibility that you could contract COVID-19 from packages or surfaces. If you would like to learn more about this topic click here

Drinking treated water is safe and not an issue. There is almost no risk of contracting COVID-19 through water contamination. 

Should I make my own sanitizer if I can't find any at stores? 

According to the CDC, you shouldn't use homemade products as a replacement for sanitizer.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults? 

No, the symptoms of COVID-19 are the exact same for children as they are for adults. This is with the exception of Multisystem-inflammatory syndrome which is extremely rare but affects children more than adults. 

Page Last Updated:  10/15/2020

FAQ References:

  1. “Frequently Asked Questions .” Cdc.gov, CDC, 2019, stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/84529/cdc_84529_DS1.pdf?

  2. “Frequently Asked Questions .” Doh.wa.gov, Washington State Health Department, 2020, www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.

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