Disabilities & Chronic Conditions: COVID-19 FAQ

How can I prevent COVID?

The best way to prevent COVID is to wear a hospital mask as it contains material to prevent large droplets from entering the nose and mouth. COVID is airborne and spreads through droplets so it is best to wear a hospital mask. N95 masks are also great but they are in low supply as they are mainly used by hospital workers who are in close contact with COVID patients. Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds and do not forget to clean your nails. Remember to stay sanitized, and moisturize your hands as well because skin can crack from over-washing. Make sure that your clothes and other items are also sanitized as the COVID virus can be passed on through droplets.

What symptoms should I be looking for?

The symptoms to look out for are cough, fever, sore throat, muscle ache, nasal congestion, and loss of smell or taste. Headaches can also be associated with these symptoms.

How can I recover from COVID?

Drink warm fluids, take Tylenol or prescribed cold medications as recommended by a doctor, and get plenty of rest.

Will my long COVID symptoms eventually go away?

Right now it is very difficult to predict the long term prognosis of COVID, and it depends on an individual’s immune system and comorbidities. If you have asthma and other chronic illnesses, it is much more difficult to predict COVID outcomes. However, in most cases, people have COVID symptoms for up to two weeks–and some cases, COVID can last for up to 3 weeks. Some people are even asymptomatic but they can still pass COVID onto others.

Can I get COVID more than once?
It is possible to get COVID more than once and the only way to prevent it from occurring is a potential vaccine. Testing a new vaccine for COVID could come with trial and error. If you are interested in understanding vaccine hesitancy, please follow the Video Production Team of the COVID Corps. Please read the following article for insight: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/vaccinate-with-confidence.html