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We know you’re doing everything you can to stay safe during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak – and at Atrium Health, that’s our top priority, too.

While our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers fight COVID-19 on the front lines, we’re here to help you stay healthy and informed. From sharing what you can do to protect yourself and others, to keeping you updated on what we’re learning about the virus, we’ll help guide you through this difficult time.

How to protect yourself

At Atrium Health, we’re taking strong action to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our community. But to have the best outcome, we’re counting on you to take action, too.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering (or mask) if you have to go out in public.
  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from anyone that doesn’t live in your home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who’s sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
  • Be aware that you and others around you can have COVID-19 without ever showing symptoms.

If you have a chronic medical condition, you may need to take other steps to protect yourself and keep your condition well-controlled. Call your doctor for advice specific to your condition and see other helpful resources for patients here.

Symptoms of COVID-19

As we see more cases of COVID-19, we’re learning more about how the virus affects people. Some people infected with the virus will have no symptoms. When COVID-19 does cause symptoms, they typically appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus and may be similar to symptoms of a cold or the flu.

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, learn about your testing and care options.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

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For most people, the symptoms are mild and don’t cause serious health problems. But sometimes, COVID-19 causes more severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to wake up, and bluish lips or face.

If your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911 immediately.

Advice for specific groups

Although coronavirus can infect anyone, certain people need to take extra precautions, including older adults and people of any age with a pre-existing medical condition. We know many parents are also concerned about what they can do to keep their children safe.

Our experts are here to provide the information and care you need to stay healthy. Learn more about how COVID-19 may affect specific groups and how we’re providing support.

Wondering if you had COVID-19? Find out with fast antibody testing.

Helpful resources

For more helpful, easy-to-share information about prevention and care, check out our infographic library below. To open an infographic as a PDF, click the arrow icon next to its title.

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The CDC offers comprehensive resources to help you and your loved ones stay safe at home, including:

COVID-19 research and clinical trials

STRIVE COVID-19 vaccine research registry

Our best hope for stopping the COVID-19 pandemic is a vaccine. Soon, we will conduct COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials – joining the global effort to develop a safe and effective vaccine.

If you’re interested in helping, we’re looking for volunteers who want to learn about – and possibly join – a future COVID-19 vaccine research study. The first step of the study is creating a registry (or a list of names). Please consider signing up.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 vaccine registry here.

COVID-19 treatment clinical trials

We’ve launched 3 new COVID-19 treatment clinical trials to address the COVID-19 virus. Currently there are no FDA-approved medicines specifically for the treatment of COVID-19.

The 3 trials, all for outpatient use, are:

  • Gilead Remdesivir Trial
  • Regeneron Trial
  • Regeneron Prophylaxis Trial

The objectives of the trials are to prevent hospitalization due to COVID-19 and to reduce the development of symptomatic COVID-19 infection in adults over 18 years of age. All 3 clinical trials are now open, and we’re looking to enroll at least 15 people per trial. If you take part in a trial, you will have provider visits that may be a combination of in-person and at-home visits.

More information about the trials, including enrollment criteria, can be found here. If you’re interested and fit the criteria, you can learn more or enroll by calling 704-667-5316 or sending an email.

COVID-19 community research study

We’re working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other large health systems on a community study to learn more about COVID-19 and how it’s spreading in our region and around the world. Study participants will complete short online questionnaires over several months about possible exposures, symptoms and healthcare visits. Some volunteers may be asked to complete an in-home test kit for antibodies to COVID-19.

The study is open to Atrium Health patients and teammates. Learn more and sign up for the study here.