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MOUNT GILEAD SCHOOLS COVID Q & A What is COVID-19?

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COVID Q & A
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory disease caused by one of the seven coronaviruses known to infect humans. It was first identified in humans in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The virus that causes COVID-19 is called SARS-CoV-2.


How is COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact 
(within about 6 feet) with one another and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected 
person coughs or sneezes. 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 eyes, but 
this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
When should I keep my child home from school?
You should keep your child home from school if they have been identified as a close contact to a 
confirmed case of COVID-19 or are placed into quarantine by the Morrow County Health Department . 
You should also keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
?   Fever or chills
?   Cough
?   Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
?   Fatigue
?   Muscle or body aches
?   Headache
?   New loss of taste or smell
?   Sore throat
?   Congestion or runny nose
?   Nausea or vomiting
?   Diarrhea

What does it mean if my child has been identified as a close contact and is required to quarantine?
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from
others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are 
sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should 
stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their 
state or local health department. (CDC)


Who are considered close contacts?
You are considered a close contact if:

?   You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more with or 
without a mask
?   You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
?   You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
?   You shared eating or drinking utensils
?   They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you (CDC)


How soon after contact with an infected individual could my child start showing symptoms?
The time between exposure to COVID-19 and when symptoms start is commonly around 5 to 6
days, and ranges from 1 to 14 days. (WHO)


Does my family member still have to quarantine even after they have a negative test?
Even if the person tests negative for COVID-19 or feels healthy, you must still complete your
quarantine as instructed by the health department, since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after 
exposure to the virus.


Why is my child quarantined several days after a possible exposure? Quarantine happens once a 
positive case has been reported to the local health department. The health department then conducts 
an investigation.  The investigation requires identifying individuals who are considered close 
contacts within 48 hours of the positive or presumed positive individual’s symptom onset. This is 
where the school can become involved to assist with the contact tracing. (MCHD)


If a family member is quarantined due to exposure, do I have to quarantine? No, if a family member 
has been quarantined due to exposure, the family members do not have to also quarantine. The family 
members are considered a second contact. (MCHD)

If I have a family member in quarantine because of close contact and they start to show symptoms, 
what do I need to do next?
If your family member that had close contact with a positive case starts to show symptoms,
you will need to contact the Morrow County Health Department.


How is COVID-19 different from the flu?
COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than the flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. 
It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. 
Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no 
vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the 
virus. (CDC)

How does COVID-19 affect children differently?
So far, data suggests that children under the age of 18 years represent about 8.5% of reported 
cases, with relatively few deaths compared to other age groups and is usually a mild disease. 
However, cases of critical illness have been reported. As children generally have milder illness 
and fewer symptoms, cases may sometimes go unnoticed. Importantly, early data from studies suggest 
that infection rates among teenagers may be higher than in younger children (WHO).  There are also 
other health implications as a result of Covid that appear soon and others that may not be known 
for many years.

If my student tested positive and is released to go back to school, can they return to 
sports/physical activity as well?
All athletes who test positive for COVID-19 require a doctor's release to resume any athletic
events or practices. The doctor’s release must specifically state that the student is safe to 
return to physical activities free from the risk of Myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the 
heart wall’s muscular layer that can be a result of a COVID diagnosis. Parents/Guardians must 
provide this release letter from the primary care physician to the school district before resuming 
participation. (MGEVS Reopening Plan)

References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 
Morrow County Health District http://www.morrowcountyhealth.org/
Ohio Department of Health https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home World Health 
Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
 





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