COVID-19 Fast Facts
- What is COVID-19?
- What Precautions should I take?
- What's the deal about facemask & gloves?
- Isolation, Quarantine, or Self-monitoring?
- What do I need to know about testing?
- I've tested positive, now what?
- NC LINKS Youth COVID Resources
- Check My Symptoms Online
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
What precautions should I take?
Who is considered a high-risk individual?
People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
People who have heart disease with complications
People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index greater than 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
You've probably heard the words isolation, quarantine and self-monitor in the news or on social media when talking about the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). You may be confused about the various words and wonder what they mean.
These words describe the way to limit the spread of disease during epidemics and pandemics:
- Social distancing. Keeping space between yourself and other people outside your household to prevent the spread of disease.
- Quarantine. Separating people and limiting movement of people who have or may have been exposed to the disease to see if they become ill.
- Isolation. Separating people who are ill from others who are not ill to keep the disease from spreading.
- Direct Contact. Being exposed to a person that has tested positive for COVID-19. You should consider yourself positive and quarantine for 14 days.
- Indirect Contact. No contact with a COVID positive person. Does not need to quarantine, self-isolate, or be tested. You are not considered exposed to COVID-19 if you have been near a positive person's relative or significant other.
This is physically distancing yourself from others by at least 6 feet away from others who don't live with you. Avoid large groups of people.
Sometimes providers may ask or require people before they feel ill or have symptoms to stay home or at a specific facility if they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or had direct contact with someone positive with COVID-19. This will help stop the spread of the disease.
- Stay home for 14 days
- Watch for common signs and symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- Keep distance (6 feet) between yourself and others
- Stay away from other people as much as possible, especially people at high risk of serious illness
- Wear a mask if contact with other people can't be avoided
- Isolate yourself in your home if you feel ill
- Call your doctor if symptoms worsen
Providers can and will ask that people to go into isolation that has the COVID-19 virus or have symptoms of the virus. People who test positive without symptoms or with mild symptoms will also be asked to self-isolate themselves in their homes. Hospitals have isolation units for those who are very sick.
- Stay away from family members and pets
- Wear a mask if you are near others
- Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items
- Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if you can
Two kinds of tests for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
If you test positive or negative for COVID-19 on a viral or an antibody test, you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.
What do the results mean?
How to get tested for current COVID-19 infection?
Don't have a primary doctor to get a referral?
NC LINKS can help.
NC LINKS, a program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, serves youth and young adults between 13 and 21 years of age who are or have been in foster care to assist with education, employment, pregnancy prevention, and other activities.
More information and resources about COVID-19 can be found here https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/.
SIX RESOURCES NC LINKS YOUTH SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
1. Supplemental Foster Care COVID-19 Payments
- Young adults in Foster Care 18 to 21 will receive an additional $100 a month for April, May, and June.
- This money is sent the same way as regular monthly foster care payments, for example:
- If you receive your payment directly, then the $100 will come directly to you.
- If you are not receiving your payment directly, then the $100 will be made to the same person the regular monthly payment goes to.
2. Additional LINKS Transitional and Housing Funds
- If you are between the ages of 18 and 21 and in the Foster Care 18-21 program you are eligible for LINKS Transitional and Housing funds to assist with rent, rent deposits, room and board, and other transitional costs.
- If you are between ages 18 and 21 and are not in the Foster Care 18 to 21 program you are eligible for funding and supports through NC LINKS and may be eligible for additional supports if you have been impacted by COVID-19.
3. Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
- The P-EBT helped families and congregate care settings purchase food during the pandemic. Benefits are also available for children and youth in foster care.
- If you are still in high school, in foster care, and under 18, this benefit is provided to your placement.
- If you are still in high school and in Foster Care 18 to 21 you may receive this benefit directly.
- These benefits are automatically provided and there is no need to apply. For additional information, please refer to: https://www.covid19.ncdhhs.gov/information/human-services/pandemic-electronic-benefit-transfer-p-ebt-program.
4. Foster Care to Success
- The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) and NC Reach Programs: Continue to provide outreach and support services. There are limited resources available for emergency use. If you are receiving ETV or NC Reach funds, please reach out to your coordinator for support.
5. NC 2-1-1 North Carolina’s COVID Information Hub
- NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service for free and confidential information, including food access, mental/physical health needs, housing resources, and other community resources.
6. Assurance Wireless
- Assurance Wireless is a Federal Lifeline Assistance program that can help eligible low-income individuals receive free data, unlimited texting, free monthly minutes, and a free phone.