Have a question about COVID-19? We have answers!

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — The coronavirus pandemic has been a trying and confusing time for many Americans. ABC Columbia is here to help with answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

What are some symptoms of COVID-19 and how quickly do they appear?

Health officials say COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms that differ from person to person. Officials say these symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. DHEC lists the following as symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What is considered “close contact” with another individual?

DHEC defines close contact as being within six feet of someone who tested positive for the virus for several minutes (around 15).

What should I do if I come into close contact with someone who tests positive?

If you come into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, health officials say you should isolate yourself away from people for 10 days following the exposure. DHEC says you should get tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after your exposure, and if the test is negative, you can leave isolation after seven days. Officials say you should still monitor your symptoms for 14 days.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

Officials describe self-isolation as staying in one area and avoiding contact with other people.

What should I do if I come into close contact with someone who is sick, but is not tested for COVID-19?

Health officials say you should continue to practice social distancing, washing your hands and monitoring your symptoms. If symptoms develop, you should self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider.

What if I live with someone under quarantine?

If you live with someone put under quarantine, DHEC recommends keeping them in their own room, away from others and maintain as much distance as possible. Officials also recommend using a separate bathroom if available.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

DHEC is providing a map on their website to help people find testing locations close to them. This map can be accessed at scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations.

When it’s my turn, how can I schedule a vaccination appointment?

DHEC also has another map that shows vaccination sites across the state. This map provides information about scheduling your appointment.

For a full look at DHEC’s frequently asked questions page, visit scdhec.gov/covid19/frequently-asked-questions-covid-19.

Who is included in phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan?

According to DHEC, individuals in the following categories are eligible to receive the vaccine as part of phase 1B:

  • Anyone aged 55 and up
  • People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
    • People aged 16-64 with one or more of the following high-risk medical conditions:
      • Cancer (current, not a history of cancer), chronic kidney disease (any stage), chronic lung disease, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Down syndrome, heart disease (congestive heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension), HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant, obesity (BMI >30), pregnancy, sickle cell disease.
    • People who have a developmental or other severe high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely
  • Frontline workers with increased occupational risk (includes school staff, daycare workers, grocery
    • Frontline workers with increased occupational risk are people who:
      • Must be in-person at their place of work, and
      • Perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close (less than 6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment
      • Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
      • Residents and workers in group home settings for the mentally or physically disabled or those with behavioral or substance abuse conditions
      • Workers and residents in homeless shelters
      • Workers and residents in community training homes
      • State and local correctional facility staff with direct inmate contact
      • Correctional and immigration detention facility inmates
      • Migrant farmworkers living in shared housing or reliant on shared transportation
      • All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1a

Who is eligible to receive a vaccine under phase 1C?

Individuals age 45 and up as well as essential workers as defined by the CDC are included in phase 1C.

Who can receive a vaccine during phase 2?

All South Carolinians age 16 and up will be allowed to receive a vaccine during phase 2.

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