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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

How can I grocery shop safely?

When grocery shopping, keep at least 6 feet from others and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If possible, sanitize the handles of shopping trolleys or baskets before shopping. Once home, wash your hands thoroughly and after

handling and storing your purchased products. There is currently no confirmed case of COVID-19 transmitted through food or food packaging.

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

Several dogs and cats in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. There is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and play a role in spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.

Can children or adolescents get COVID-19?

Research indicates that children and adolescents are just as likely to become infected as any other age group and can spread the disease. Evidence suggests that children and young adults are less likely to get severe disease, but severe cases can

still happen in these age groups. Children and adults should follow the same guidance on self-quarantine and self-isolation if there is a risk they have been exposed or are showing symptoms. It is particularly important that children avoid

contact with older people and others who are at risk of more severe disease.

What should I do if I have no symptoms, but I think I have been exposed to COVID-19? What does it mean to self-isolate?

Separate yourself from others because you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 even though you, yourself, do not have symptoms. The goal to self-isolate is to prevent transmission. Since people who become ill with COVID-19 can infect others immediately, self-isolation can prevent some infections from happening.

What medications are effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?

COVID-19 is too new and research has not definitively identified one proven treatment. In general, antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. Coronavirus disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria. Some patients with COVID-19 also may develop a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia. In that case, a health care professional may treat the bacterial infection with an antibiotic.

For more answers to your questions, check out these resources:

North Oaks Health System Coronavirus Updates

North Oaks Screening Line (985) 230-2778

Louisiana Department of Health 

Louisiana 211 Network (Dial 211)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 

World Health Organization 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration