COVID-19 is a virus caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new virus in humans causing a respiratory (lung) illness that can be spread from person to person.
COVID-19 is mostly spread from person to person through droplets from the lungs. These droplets are spread when someone with COVID-19 sneezes, coughs, or talks. Contagious droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, which can then cause an infection in that person. Droplets can land on surfaces and objects that when touched, the virus enters through touching the eyes, mouth, and nose, causing a new infection.
People who live, work, or travel in the regions where coronavirus is spreading are at risk of catching the disease. So are people who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
People of older age and with medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be at greater risk if exposed to the virus.
About 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to COVID-19, you may get:
To prevent the spread of this virus:
Get vaccinated! Encourage your family members and loved ones to be vaccinated. To schedule for a vaccine, go to Vaccine.UPMC.com.
Whether you are vaccinated or not:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that everyone wears facemasks when traveling in public for essential services. The general public should wear homemade cloth face coverings rather than medical-grade masks needed by front-line workers. Face coverings should shield the nose and mouth.
UPMC is monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock. We have implemented all recommendations from our local and state departments of health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you are under regular care for a chronic condition, have postponed necessary care, or are urgently ill, talk to your doctor about whether you need an office visit or a medically necessary procedure or surgery. If you do need to come to one of our facilities for treatment, we are taking every measure to keep you safe during this challenging time:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires providers to list the “cash price” of COVID-19 tests on their public websites. UPMC’s standard charge for a COVID-19 diagnostic lab test is $125 and the standard charge for the specimen collection is $30. If you have insurance, most plans will waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing, so there should be no out-of-pocket cost to you for this test.
Please contact your insurer if you have questions about your plan. Similarly, if you do not have insurance you will not have an out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 diagnostic lab test. The CARES Act provides a financial support mechanism for hospital and providers that conduct COVID-19 diagnostic testing on uninsured patients during the public health emergency.