On this page, you'll learn more about coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19. You'll also find links to more COVID-19 information.

Coronavirus 2019 - Condition Information  

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. It's caused by a coronavirus called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Some things to know about coronavirus:

  • There are many types of coronaviruses; COVID-19 is the strain discovered in 2019. 
  • Coronaviruses are a common cause of bronchitis; sometimes, they cause pneumonia.
  • Symptoms can range from mild to severe respiratory illness.
  • These viruses are also found in some animals.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to other health conditions, and may appear two to 14 days after infection. Common symptoms include: 

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath 

If you have these symptoms or others identified by the CDC, contact your provider. If you are experiencing the following severe symptoms, please visit the emergency room or call 911:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

How is COVID-19 diagnosed? Can I get tested?

COVID-19 infection can be detected using a viral test. View the CDC's COVID-19 testing page to learn more about testing options and recommendations.

If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, please refer to the following sites for testing locations in your community:

COVID-19 tests are only available at our facilities with an order from your physician. Please contact your primary care provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is clinically indicated.

If your viral test is positive for COVID-19, your provider will consider your medical history and help you decide the best option for you. Most people recover from COVID-19 at home in about two weeks — you will need to isolate from others for at least five days and mask for five days after that. If your symptoms get worse during that time and you become concerned, contact your provider immediately.

If your viral test is negative for COVID-19, the virus was not detected in your body and you are likely not infected. Visit the CDC's viral testing page to learn what to do if your test was negative but you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

A viral test for COVID-19 isn't the same as an antibody test. You may have a positive antibody test if your body has already fought off COVID-19 or if you've received a vaccine. Even if you have COVID-19 antibodies, you can be infected again. While the risk is low for at least six months after you're infected, you should continue to practice all preventive measures. 

    How is COVID-19 treated?

    Most people recover from COVID-19 with normal sick care at home. If you're experiencing severe illness from COVID-19, you may need one or more treatments only available in the hospital. Read the latest from the CDC about treating COVID-19 at home or at the hospital.

    Only your doctor can help you decide which treatments are right for you, including drugs like Veklury (remdesivir) and Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir). Do not attempt to treat COVID-19 using anything the FDA has not authorized as a COVID-19 treatment option.

    What are possible complications of COVID-19?

    COVID-19 can cause a wide range of conditions in your body, from difficulty breathing to confusion to body rashes. The severity of your illness can vary greatly, as can the time it takes to fully recover. For some people, COVID-19 is deadly. Learn more about conditions caused by COVID-19 on the CDC's website.

    What can I do to prevent COVID-19?

    One of the most effective ways to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is vaccination — learn about vaccines and appointments.

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should:

    • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Wear a mask that fully covers your mouth and nose. 
    • Avoid visiting crowded public areas when possible.
    • Aviod touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean surfaces often with disinfectant.

    Next Steps

    Follow prevention advice. Follow steps for preventing the spread of COVID-19 (PDF), including handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people.

    Call your provider with concerns. If you have symptoms, call your provider or send a message through MyChart. Do not go to the doctor's office until your provider instructs it.

    Follow instructions closely. If you are diagnosed, follow the instructions of healthcare staff closely to improve your recovery and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.