General Information

  • COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that spreads from person to person.
  • The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, talking or laughing. Droplets not blocked by masks can travel up to 6 feet. Masks are meant to decrease the chance of you spreading the virus to others.
  • COVID-19 is usually a self-limited illness with most people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory illness and recovery without requiring special treatment.
  • While most patients have mild to moderate symptoms, some can develop serious illness that requires hospitalization. This may develop after a week of illness.
Personal Care
  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) 650 mg every 6 hours and/or Ibuprofen (Advil®) 600 mg every 6-8 hours as needed to reduce fever, aches or other pains
  • Treat any bothersome symptoms with over-the-counter medication
Limit the spread to others
When to seek further evaluation:
  • Feeling short of breath or having trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to become fully awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Symptoms last over 10 days and get worse instead of better

 If you are unsure whether you need to be seen again, call the UHC at 540-568-6178 and ask to speak to a nurse.

 If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are getting worse:
  • Call 540-568-6178 and speak to a nurse if you feel well enough to see a medical provider at the UHC.
  • If you feel the need to go to the Emergency Department, call ahead to let them know you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If you call 911 related to a COVID-19 illness, be sure to give the emergency operator that information.
  • We do not recommend seeking care at any local Urgent care facility. If your symptoms are too serious for the UHC, you should go to the Emergency Department of the local hospital.
 General Information
How to protect yourself and others
What to do if you are sick

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