Notice: If you are NOT having an emergency and you think you may have Covid-19, please call 765-932-7591 before coming in. This allows us to better protect all of our patients.

Definition and Symptoms

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is a new strain of a class of viruses known as coronaviruses. Examples of other coronaviruses include the virus that causes the common cold and other respiratory illnesses.

What are the most common symptoms of Covid-19?

• Cough
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fever or chills
• Muscle or body aches
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste of smell
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Congestion or runny nose

Can I be sick and not have any symptoms?

Yes, it can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days for symptoms to appear after a person is exposed to the virus. Some patients may have only mild symptoms and some may not ever have any symptoms at all.

Where can I get more information on Covid-19?

In the United States, the top authority on Covid-19 is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at

In Indiana, the top authority on Covid-19 is the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) at


How does Covid-19 spread?

Virus particles spread from one person to another through tiny droplets when the infected person sneezes or coughs within about 6 feet of another person. It can also be spread if someone touches a contaminated surface and then touches their nose or mouth.

Why are people being told to “social distance” or keep at least 6 feet apart?

Virus-containing droplets are unlikely to pass from one person to another at that distance.

Why is hand washing so important for protection against Covid-19?

Proper handwashing can kill the virus, thus preventing the spread of the disease through touch.

If I wear a mask, will it protect me from Covid-19?

The purpose of wearing a mask is mainly to protect others from catching the virus from the person who is wearing the mask. However, wearing a mask does offer limited protection to the wearer.


Can I be tested for Covid-19 at Rush Memorial Hospital?

At this time, Rush Memorial Hospital has enough testing kits available to test those who are showing symptoms or have some other reason to be tested, such as repeated exposure to a person at risk. We do not have enough testing kits to test those who do not meet the guidelines put out by the Indiana State Department of Health. These guidelines can be found at

How long does it take to get results back if I am tested for Covid-19 at RMH?

At this time, it takes about 48 hours.


If I think I have Covid-19 should I seek treatment?

Please see the note at the top of the page. For information on what to do if you have Covid-19, visit

How is Covid-19 treated?

Usually, only the symptoms are treated.

Where can I get information about what is open now in Indiana?

Most of Indiana is currently in Stage 4.5 of Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan to reopen Indiana. The details of Stage 4.5 may be found at

Most of Indiana will be in Stage 4.5 until September 25, if all goes according to the plan.