There is an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China in December 2019 and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Social distancing means remaining out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur. Avoid mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings, accompanied with social distancing, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission. Learn more about this and watch the how-to video here.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Other symptoms include:
Who is eligible for pre-approved testing?
Testing is reserved for those who are symptomatic and an appointment is REQUIRED.
Some testings can also be done through private healthcare sectors. Please consult your primary care provider to see if you qualify for testing.
Note: Only a Healthcare Provider can collect the specimen necessary to test for COVID-19 through LabCorp & Quest Diagnostic. Do not go to their patient service centers directly.