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Q & A — Fact & Fiction

All information in this section is either from the CDC, WHO, or a CCDC trusted source.


There are twenty COVID-19 resources in ASL (9 additional went live over the weekend). The link above will take you to the full playlist. From there you can choose individual videos you would like to watch.

Q & A from the HCPF and the Disability Community Webinar Series

On Fridays, HCPF and other Disability Community leaders host webinars to update the community and answer questions. Follow the link provided to see the questions and answers from the previous sessions. (Link to Q & A).  (Link to Series Information)

Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General Legal Services Corporation

The Fraud Corner (4/9/2020) COVID-19 Purchasing Scams: As part of its Fraud Corner Series, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing the following information and resources relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 frauds and scams. This article deals with potential price gouging, price-fixing, and bid-rigging scams that can adversely affect making critical purchases during the COVID-19 crisis.

Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country

Dr. Emily Landon is the chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine. While she is talking about Illinois, the content applies to us all. She clearly explains the importance of social distancing and the threat we are facing for failure to comply. If you, a family member, friend, or anyone is struggling to understand why you can’t go about your life as normal, this is a good video to watch.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Due to the ongoing supply shortages, you may have to reach out to your Local Emergency Managers. You can also check out the Colorado Mask Project.

How do I know if I am sick with the Coronavirus?

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:*
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Can coronavirus live on food and objects?

YES and NO. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Are Chinese or other Asian Americans more likely to spread the virus?

NO. It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.

Will warmer weather stop the outbreak of Covid-19? Will the cold weather?

Several countries currently affected by the new coronavirus outbreak are experiencing summer weather. Some viral illnesses, like the flu, seem to be less common in warmer months, but it is still possible to catch them during that time. Investigations are exploring the effects of temperature and weather on the spread of this new coronavirus.

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 97.7°F to 98.6°F, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

Was the new coronavirus deliberately created or released by people?

NO. Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

Learn what is true and false about the Coronavirus from the World Health Organization (Link to Page)

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