All Mercy services have reopened! See how we’re keeping you safe and use our interactive COVID-19 screening tool.
Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, mainly when they are in close contact with one another (less than six feet). When an infected person coughs or sneezes, this spreads respiratory droplets that can then infect another person nearby. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Some recent studies also have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
90% of patients will have fever and 70% will have a dry cough. Some will have diarrhea although by itself this is not usually a sign of COVID-19. Those who become acutely ill will experience shortness of breath.
Most patients who have the virus will have symptoms but in most cases (about 80%) the symptoms will be mild. People who are older, have chronic diseases, or have a weakened immune system are at higher risk of complications if infected.
If you have difficulty breathing - call ahead to your nearest emergency room and let them know your symptoms and that you’re on your way. That will help them prepare for your arrival.
Not everyone should be tested. Mercy offers an online screening tool to help direct you to the most appropriate follow-up care for your symptoms. If you are symptomatic, you should also stay home and away from others and take care of yourself as you would with other viruses. If you are experiencing worsening of symptoms, please contact your primary physician’s office.
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Contact your health care provider. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.
This information changes daily, so please visit the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild forms of the disease, recover in about two weeks, while people with severe or critical disease recover within three to six weeks.
No. This is a pandemic that has the potential to last for years, at least until a reliable vaccine is developed and a large percentage of the population is inoculated. Some cities are beginning to re-open, but that could also lead to future spikes in cases. The best was to keep yourself safe are:
Mercy is gradually reopening some of our services. If your procedure is one, the doctor’s office will contact you to schedule it. Please bring a cloth mask with you and wear it from the time you enter the facility until you leave.
Mercy is currently conducting most appointments online via video visits.
In all cases, there is a 24-hour lead time in scheduling the video visit to ensure clinics are prepared.
If you need to see your caregiver in person, please bring a cloth mask with you and wear it from the time you enter the facility until you leave. This is not only for your protection, but for that of the other patients and caregivers around you.
Changes have been made at Mercy Birthplace locations to protect our patients, the community and our co-workers. Read our COVID-19 FAQs here.