FAQs

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Am I more safe from COVID-19 indoors or outdoors?

Outdoors. When you are outside, respiratory droplets fall out of the air much more quickly than if you are indoors. With less COVID-19 virus circulating in the air, you have a lesser chance of breathing it in your mouth or nose or getting it in your eyes.

Are people screened when they come to the hospital or clinics?

Yes. Everyone who presents to any of our facilities is screened prior to entry. Screening includes taking your temperature and asking you the following questions.

  1. Do you have a pending test for COVID-19 or have you tested positive in the last 10 days?

  2. Do you have a fever or symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell?

  3. Have you been exposed to someone who…

    Has respiratory symptoms or

    Has a pending test for COVID-19 or 

    Has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?    

Do face masks prevent COVID-19 from spreading?

By wearing a face covering, YOU the wearer, are helping to prevent potentially infecting others if you are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. Covering your face helps reduce the spread of droplets that are expelled into the air during everyday activities like talking, cheering, sneezing, coughing, etc.

Do I have to call ahead for Urgent Care?

Yes, you must call ahead before presenting to Urgent Care in Manchester. If you do not, you will be asked to return to your vehicle to call before entering the facility. This is for your personal safety as well as our staff's. Please call 563-927-7777.

Do I need to social distance if I'm wearing a face covering?

The CDC and IDPH recommend several interventions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. One of these is wearing a face covering. Another separate measure is to avoid large gatherings and to social distance. Frequent hand washing is yet another measure. One precaution does not eliminate the need for the others. Put on the face covering. Do it for those around you.

Does my face covering need to cover my nose?

Yes. Respiratory droplets are expelled out of both your mouth and your nose. Your face covering needs to fit snugly over the bridge of your nose and chin, creating the best possible seal.

If you leave your nose uncovered, you are risking inhaling and expelling viral particles. You also risk self-contamination from the exterior of your mask.

How do I prevent getting COVID-19?

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a new virus. There is currently no vaccine to provide immunity from the virus. These practices will help reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

  • Clean your hands often
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public (e.g. mask, bandanna, scarf, etc.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick
If I was EXPOSED to COVID-19, what do I do?

If you meet the “exposure” criteria to a confirmed positive case, you will be identified through Public Health’s contact tracing process and someone with Public Health will contact you and provide guidance.

If I've had COVID-19, am I immune to getting it again?

Possibly. However, this virus is new and much more testing and research needs to be done so there is not enough information currently to determine immunity after having the disease.

Is COVID-19 more serious than the flu?

Yes. COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a new virus. Since it is new, everyone is susceptible to it and experts are still trying to identify the death rate associated with the virus. Current data suggests COVID-19 is at least three times more deadly than the seasonal influenza (flu) and it is more contagious.

Is it safe to wear masks? Do you breathe in carbon dioxide?

Masks and other face coverings are not airtight. Therefore, carbon dioxide cannot accumulate in dangerous amounts in the space between your face and the mask.

In fact, the extra layers of cloth between the wearer and others reduces the number of droplets that are expelled into the air during everyday activities. (e.g. speaking, singing, cheering, yelling, sneezing, coughing)

Is wearing the same mask all week ok?

The CDC recommends routinely washing cloth face coverings after each wearing. You can put them in the washing machine and dryer with other clothes.

Don’t forget, wearing a face covering does not replace the need to wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

And, remember to avoid touching your face and face covering.

Should I be tested for COVID-19 if I was EXPOSED?

Individuals who have had close contact, defined as being within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes, with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 may be tested through Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory. 

If you do get tested, testing must occur a minimum of 48 hours after the first exposure to the positive case.

Should I wear gloves to the store?

No. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the only time it is recommended to wear disposable gloves is when you are cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or if you are a healthcare worker or someone caring for a COVID-19 patient.

There are reasons why gloves aren’t always an effective protection measure outside of direct patient care. There could be a tear in the gloves or you could put them on or take them off incorrectly. However, the most important reason to not wear gloves is they give you a false sense of security - and you end up touching many things you shouldn’t, including your face, leading to self-contamination. Any germs that might be on your gloves can be transferred to all other surfaces and items you touch (such as those in your purse, etc.) In addition, there is a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, and this includes disposable gloves.
 

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

HAVE SYMPTOMS

Stay home and isolate from others in your household until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine
  • Your symptoms have improved

If you have severe, advanced immunosuppression, you should isolate until:

  • You have 2 negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart OR
  • 20 days post symptom onset or the date of your test

DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS

Stay home and isolate from others in your household until:

  • 10 days have passed since being tested

You previously had COVID-19 (lab confirmed) and have since recovered and remain asymptomatic. You’ve been re-exposed. Now what?

  • Retesting is not recommended within 3 months after you first experience symptoms(or date of test if asymptomatic) for your initial COVID-19 infection
  • Quarantine is not recommended in the event of close contact with an infected person during the 3 month time period after your initial COVID-19 infection as long as you remain asymptomatic (e.g. has not developed symptoms of new illness)
  • If you develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should be clinically evaluated and re-testing may be considered if there is not an alternate diagnosis. You should be isolated again if your symptoms developed within 14 days after close contact with a new COVID-19 case.

If you start to experience severe symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider right away.

What is an "approved face covering"?

An approved face covering is a 2-layer face mask that fits snugly to your face. When worn, both your nose and mouth needs to be covered.

Face shields and gaiters are NOT considered face coverings.

What is considered being "EXPOSED" to COVID-19?

An individual is considered exposed if they have had close contact with a laboratory confirmed positive case. Close contact is further defined as being within 6 feet of the person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. So, if you were present at the same gathering but were not within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes, you would not be considered exposed.

What is the Quarantine Guidance for those exposed to COVID-19?

Quarantine procedures depend upon the setting where you were exposed AND if face coverings were being worn during the exposure period.

If your exposure was due to someone in your household/residential setting or a healthcare setting being positive - you will need to quarantine. Quarantine for 14 days following your last exposure. This means you do not leave your home except for emergencies. You do not allow visitors in your home. You quarantine yourself from others in your home if possible. This includes using a separate bedroom and, if able, a separate bathroom. Following your full 14 day quarantine period, if no COVID-19 symptoms appear (cough, fever, sore throat, loss of taste/smell), you may return to work and leisure activities. If symptoms of COVID-19 appear, you must notify your healthcare provider for additional guidance. You may not be able to return to work or leisure activities right away.

If your exposure was a non-healthcare and non-residential setting, the following recommendations apply.

  • Close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases do NOT need to quarantine for 14 days IF an approved face covering was worn consistently and correctly by BOTH the positive case and the close contacts.
  • 'Close contact' means within 6 feet of each other for 15+ consecutive minutes
  • 'Consistently worn' means the face covering was worn the ENTIRE TIME you were together
  • 'Correctly worn' means the recommended 2-layer face covering was snug on the face, covering BOTH the nose AND the mouth
  • Face shields and gaiters are NOT considered face coverings. Quarantine is still required if one or both people were only wearing a face shield or gaiter.
  • Read more here.