COVID-19 Information & Prevention
How the Coronavirus is spread
- Person-to-Person Spread
- The virus is thought to spread mainly between person-to-person who are in close contact with another person (about six feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs, these droplets can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
- The risk of COVID-19 infections in South Carolina depends on multiple factors, including the likelihood of travelers from affected areas, how easily the virus may spread from person to person, and the effectiveness of measures to prevent community spread.
- The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of Breath
- CALL THE DOCTOR IF:
You develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the coronavirus -OR- have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the virus.
What to do if you are sick?
- Stay Home Except to get Medical Care
- Separate Yourself from Other People and Animals in your Home
- Call Ahead Before Visiting the Doctor
- Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes
- Clean Your Hands Often
- Clean High Touch Surfaces
- Monitor Your Symptoms
Free virtual doctor's visit:
MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina with the promo code COVID19, for both new and existing patients. Click FREE VIRTUAL VISIT to begin. You can also call 843-792-7000 for more information. MUSC Health Virtual Care can be accessed by phone, online, or through chats.
Daily preventive behaviors:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Get more information:
- South Carolina Department of Education
- MUSC Free Virtual Care for COVID-19
- Local DHEC Careline: 843-915-8886
- SC DHEC Guidance for Schools and Out-of-Home Child Care Centers
- SC DHEC COVID-19 Information
- CDC COVID-19 Information
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Q&A
- SCDHEC Handout 1 | SCDHEC Handout 1 Spanish
- SCDHEC Handout 2 | SCDHEC Handout 2 Spanish
- SCDHEC Handout 3 | SCDHEC Handout 3 Spanish
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