Healthcare professionals : Frequently asked questions and answers : updated March 17, 2020
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Healthcare professionals : Frequently asked questions and answers : updated March 17, 2020

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    Q: What are the clinical features of COVID-19? -- Q: Who is at risk for COVID-19? -- Q: Who is at risk for severe disease from COVID-19? -- Q: When is someone infectious? -- Q: Which body fluids can spread infection? -- Q: Can people who recover from COVID-19 be infected again? -- Q: How should healthcare personnel protect themselves when evaluating a patient who may have COVID-19? -- Q: Are pregnant healthcare personnel at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19? -- Q: Should any diagnostic or therapeutic interventions be withheld due to concerns about transmission of COVID-19? -- Q: How do you test a patient for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? -- Q: Will existing respiratory virus panels, such as those manufactured by Biofire or Genmark, detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? -- Q: How is COVID-19 treated? -- Q: Should post-exposure prophylaxis be used for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19? -- Q: Whom should healthcare providers notify if they suspect a patient has COVID-19? -- Q: Do patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 need to be admitted to the hospital? -- Q: When can patients with confirmed COVID-19 be discharged from the hospital? -- Q: Are pregnant healthcare personnel at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19? -- Q: What do I need to know if a patient with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 asks about having a pet or other animal in the home? -- Q: What do waste management companies need to know about wastewater and sewage coming from a healthcare facility or community setting with either a known COVID-19 patient or person under investigation (PUI)? -- Q: Do wastewater and sewage workers need any additional protection when handling untreated waste from healthcare or community setting with either a known COVID-19 patient or PUI? -- Q: Should medical waste or general waste from healthcare facilities treating PUIs and patients with confirmed COVID-19 be handled any differently or need any additional disinfection?
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