COVID-19 Patient Education

The health and safety of all our community is important to us.  This website has information to help everyone understand more about COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom checker

If you are currently feeling sick please use this COVID-19 symptom checker to see if you need medical care.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19: What is it?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus. This illness was first found in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses. They cause the common cold. They also cause more serious illnesses like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus. That means it's a new type that has not been seen in people before.

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What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)?

The health and safety of our patients and families are important to us. COVID-19 does not seem to affect kids as much as adults or older people. But some children may get more serious symptoms, sometimes weeks after getting infected with the virus. This illness is called MIS-C, or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. This guide will tell you more about MIS-C and its symptoms.

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Charlie learns about the Coronavirus

Meet Charlie
Charlie has coronavirus questions
Things have been weird at his house. He's doing school on his computer right now instead of a regular classroom. His mom usually works in an office, but now she's at home during the day too. His dad said it’s because of coronavirus. Charlie had a bunch of questions.

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Questions for teens

This is a tough time for everyone, but it may be especially hard on teens. You may be missing important school experiences, like playing sports or going to prom. Some teens will miss graduation or college visits. Most of all, you’re probably missing your friends.

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Should I get the virus on purpose?

So you’re probably sick of hearing about COVID-19. Most of us are. It's tough. A lot of people wonder if they should get sick so they can get over it. Now, before you ask yourself the question, the answer is NO.

Should you try to get infected? Again, the answer is a strong, simple NO.

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COVID-19: 7 ways to stay safe when you're at high risk

For most people, COVID-19 causes a mild illness. But some people are at a higher risk for getting very sick. These include adults age 65 and older and people of any age with a serious health problem such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or immune system problems. There are a lot of other health conditions that might also increase your risk. So if you’re not sure if you’re at risk, call your doctor.

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