Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs

Most cases in adults include mild symptoms, similar to those of the flu.  These cases can be safely managed from home.  The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever (a temperature over 100.4℉ or 38.0℃), followed by cough and shortness of breath.  These symptoms can be accompanied by body aches, fatigue, nausea, and congestion.

At least 80% of cases are mild and similar to the flu.  Children seem to have even milder symptoms and tolerate the illness better than adults.

For more information, see: CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus.

COVID-19 spreads like other common viruses that cause a cold or the flu—typically via small droplets that spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

Being within close proximity to an infected person for a prolonged period (usually within 6 feet for 10 minutes) can put you at a higher risk of infection.

Virus particles can also spread through contact, such as shaking hands or kissing, or they can settle on surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and drinking glasses. 

For more information, see: CDC: Spread.

Simple measures such as routine hand washing (soap and water for 20 seconds or use of a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer), avoiding touching your face, and covering your cough or sneeze help reduce transmission.  Due to limited supply, only persons with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should wear masks to help cover coughs and sneezes.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, the chances are that you have a common cold or flu, but you may have COVID-19.  Your chances of having COVID-19 increase significantly if you’ve been in close contact (spending at least 10 minutes together within 6 feet) with a person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

Yes. WSHC now offers viral COVID-19 testing to anyone who needs it at our Portland clinic location. If you think you may need testing, you’ll need to speak with one of our providers through a telehealth appointment. Whether you’re symptomatic, have had known exposure but do not have symptoms, or need a test to return to work, for upcoming travel plans, or plan to visit with a high-risk individual, we can help. We’ll get you tested, and you’ll have highly accurate results within 3-5 days of collection.

There are no explicitly proven treatments for COVID-19 at this time, but our clinicians can offer a number of recommendations to mitigate symptoms and support healing.  Most symptoms involve a moderate flu-like illness that resolves within seven days.  Treatment is similar to over-the-counter remedies for the common cold.

If you are not having severe symptoms, it is recommended to stay at home to avoid exposing others as most people recover without medical care.  WSHC can partner with you in your recovery and provide guidance and support if your illness doesn’t recover as expected.

If you develop more severe symptoms, such as significant shortness of breath, wheezing, or light-headedness, it is recommended that you seek local emergency care.  If possible, call your local ER to inform them of your arrival before you arrive.

We encourage you to reach out to one of our providers if you are concerned about COVID-19.  Refer to local sources for relevant guidance: