Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

What are the symptoms I should be looking for?
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing cold-like symptoms, but people with severe illness can have a fever, nonstop cough, shortness of breath and, in some cases, dizziness, confusion, chest pain and frequent diarrhea and vomiting.

What if I have these symptoms?
If you have any of these symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, seek medical attention. Call your provider or Emergency Room ahead of time for any virus prevention instructions in place for those visiting the facility. (863.284.5000 if your primary provider is with Lakeland Regional Health) or the hospital.

Can someone exposed to the virus who is not yet showing symptoms spread it to others?
Yes. Though it is more common for the disease to spread from someone showing symptoms, the amount of virus “shedding” (spreading to others) can happen before symptoms appear.

Do face masks help?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that those ages 2 years and older wear cloth masks when out in public. As always, wash your hands and keep your fingers away from your nose and eyes and mouth.

How can I protect myself?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow to keep germs from spreading to others.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces routinely.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a mask in public
  • When possible, keep a physical distance from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

What is the incubation period?
An incubation period is the number of days between when a person was exposed to someone sick and when the first symptoms start.  For COVID-19, the incubation period is between 2 and 14 days with an average of just over 6 days.

Where can I go for testing?
Lakeland Regional Health offers a variety of options for COVID-19 testing. Click here to learn more.

How does this affect visitors at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center?
Our Visitation and Companion Policies are constantly changing to protest the most vulnerable patients as well as our team members. Please stay up to date on our our Visitor Policies here.