• COVID-19 Information & Prevention 

    Updated August 31, 2021

  • 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:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
      You develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the coronavirus 

    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.

    Prevention Strategies

    The below COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protecting people, including students, parents and guardians, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels:

    • Vaccination
    • Mask use
    • Physical distancing
    • Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine
    • Staying home when sick and getting tested
    • Screening testing to promptly identify cases, clusters, and outbreaks
    • Ventilation
    • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
    • Cleaning and disinfection

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