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COVID-19

Frequently asked questions

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About COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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How can you keep from catching COVID-19?

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How do you treat COVID-19?

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What is rebound COVID-19? I’ve heard about this in relation to Paxlovid.

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What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

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Are people who have recovered from COVID-19 immune to it? How do I know if I’ve been reinfected?

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If I have an underlying health condition such as asthma or diabetes, what should I do if I develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

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What are variants?

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Children and families

What is the current mask/vaccination guidance for schools K-12 and early childhood education settings?

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Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Can children get vaccinated without their parents’ consent?

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in children?

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What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

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Are children who get sick with COVID-19 more likely to have severe sickness than adults?

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Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?

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Should I take my child to the pediatrician for non-COVID-19 care?

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Can I get my mammogram after I get my shot? Does the shot cause breast cancer?

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Pregnancy

Can pregnant people get the vaccine?

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Are pregnant people at increased risk for getting infected, severe illness, or death due to COVID-19?

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Does COVID-19 increase the risk of adverse outcomes during pregnancy?

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Are pregnant healthcare providers at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19?

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Can pregnant people with COVID-19 pass the virus to their fetus or newborn (also known as vertical transmission)?

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Are infants born to people with COVID-19 during pregnancy at increased risk for adverse outcomes?

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Is there a risk that COVID-19 in a pregnant person or newborn could have long-term effects on infant health and development that may require clinical support beyond infancy?

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What is known about COVID-19 and breastfeeding?

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Masks and businesses

When and where is it “strongly recommended” to mask?

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I’m a business owner. Can I require my customers to wear a mask?

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Are masks required in schools?

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Are there any settings where masks are still required?

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I have a mask (or N95 respirator) with a valve/vent. Is this type of mask effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19?

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When can employees who have had COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 return to work safely?

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Getting tested

Who should get tested?

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Where can I get tested in Philadelphia?

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How can I get my test results?

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What should I do while I am waiting for my test results?

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If I previously tested positive, how do I know when I can stop isolating?

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Is the City contacting people who have tested positive for COVID-19?

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Staying safe

What precautions are recommended for people who have been fully vaccinated?

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I was in a large crowd where it was not possible to practice social distancing. What should I do?

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What else can I do to keep from getting sick?

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What should I do if I feel sick?

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When can employees who have had COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 return to work safely?

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Should people with asthma or other breathing problems use masks?

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What is the safest way to transport someone with possible COVID-19?

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How should I take care of someone who is sick and may have COVID-19?

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What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

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Vaccines

Why should I get the vaccine?

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Am I eligible to get the vaccine?

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Where can I get the vaccine?

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Which COVID-19 vaccine should I receive?

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Do COVID-19 vaccines work?

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How many doses of vaccine will I need if I am not immunocompromised?

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How many doses of vaccines will I need if I am immunocompromised?

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Who is eligible to get a booster shot?

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Who may receive the second booster shot?

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How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

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Is there a cost for the vaccine?

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Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Should I get the vaccine if my blood test is positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

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Should I get the vaccine if I have already tested positive for COVID-19?

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How long does protection against COVID-19 last if I receive the vaccine?

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How does safety testing for vaccines work and how do we know the vaccine is safe?

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Is the vaccine safe for African Americans? Was the vaccine tested on African Americans?

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Will my medication interact with the vaccine?

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Can I get COVID-19 from getting vaccinated?

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What are the potential side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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I’m immunocompromised. Do I need a booster shot?

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What happens if someone loses their vaccine card?

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Is COVID-19 vaccination required in Philadelphia?

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Travel

How can I travel safely?

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Do I need to wear a face mask on public transportation?

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What kind of mask should I wear?

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Is a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination required for international travel?

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Does the CDC require quarantine after international travel?

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Can individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 travel internationally?

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What restrictions do other countries have in place that may affect U.S. travelers?

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Is a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required for domestic travel?

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Am I required to quarantine after domestic travel?

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