Comal County COVID-19 Facts

General Public: 

Q: I am worried that I could have a COVID-19 infection, what should I do?

A: If you are concerned about a COVID-19 infection, you should contact your primary care doctor; they will decide if you meet the current symptom and travel criteria set by the CDC/DSHS.

Only patients who meet testing criteria will be tested by Texas and CDC labs. Your physician can help determine if you have a more common respiratory illness like the flu or a cold.

 

Q: Can I get tested for COVID-19 at the Comal County Health Department?

A: No, testing cannot be conducted at our local health department since we do not have a laboratory on site. In Texas, COVID-19 testing is conducted at designated Laboratory Response Network (LRN) labs. If you suspect that you might have COVID-19, you must contact your primary care provider to determine if you meet testing criteria.

 

Q: I have seen news reports calling this virus “deadly.” How dangerous is this virus?

Although COVID-19 appears to be very contagious, current estimates indicate that only 2 to 3% of cases are fatal. For comparison, approximately 50% of Ebola cases are fatal and 15% of Measles cases are fatal. (This information is subject to change as we learn more about the virus. Please check CDC website below for up to date information.)

The majority of fatalities occur among elderly people, immunocompromised persons, and people with underlying health conditions.

Information for these populations can be found on the CDC website below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

 

Q: Does the seasonal flu vaccine protect against coronavirus?

A: The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 infection, however the general public is at higher risk of contracting the flu than COVID-19. We still recommend getting your flu shot to protect yourself against the flu.

 

Q: Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

A: No, there is not currently a vaccine that protects against COVID-19.

 

Q: Should I be worried about my children going to school?

A: Comal County Public Health is supporting local school districts with their COVID-19 planning efforts. Please check your school district website for up to date information concerning how they are handling COVID-19.

https://www.comalisd.org/apps/pages/covid19

http://nbisd.org/page/Coronavirus_COVID-19

CDC’s guidance on COVID-19 preparedness for schools can be accessed at the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

 

Q: Is there any guidance for childcare and daycare facilities?

A: The CDC has issued guidance for childcare and daycare facilities. This information can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html

 

 Q: How should I prepare my family for COVID-19?

A: Information about protecting yourself and others from the virus can be found on the CDC website below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

 

Q: How should I prepare my business for COVID-19?

A: Planning resources for business owners and managers can be found on the CDC website below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-business-response.html

 

Q: Is it safe to travel?

A: Current travel advisories and restrictions for COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

  

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