The Akron NAACP is committed to stopping racial health disparities. Our goals are disease prevention, creating an inclusive culture of healthy people and communities. We collaborate within the Akron community through coordinated action to improve the social determinants of health.
Assess the health needs of the community
Collaborate with local health systems.
Advocate for equal access.
Sponsor health-related activities.
Guidance for COVID-19
OHIO NAACP COVID-19
January 3, 2021
COVID-19 is mostly mild in approximately 80% of individuals or asymptomatic in approximately 25%-40%. Therefore, most individuals who either experience symptoms and/or are exposed and diagnosed with COVID-19, are usually not tested, but instructed to self-quarantine or isolate at home.
I. How do I get tested?
If you have a fever, cough and/or new shortness of breath, you may have coronavirus. People with COVID-19 have a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days (incubation period) after exposure to the virus:
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• repeated shaking with chills
• muscle pain or whole-body aches
• sore throat
• new loss of taste or smell
• vomiting or diarrhea
If you develop these symptoms, especially if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet), of a person known to have COVD-19, through the use of Telemedicine or distance medicine visits, you should contact your primary care physician (“PCP”) or a healthcare provider that is testing for coronavirus. Testing copays for COVID-19 testing are waived at most centers at no out of pocket cost to patients during this current crisis.
II. Emergency Warning Signs.
There are Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19. If you develop any of the following symptoms, you should call your nearest ER and inform them you are headed there.
• trouble breathing
• persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• new confusion
• inability to wake or stay awake
• bluish lips or face
* The COVID-19 Hotline for Ohio is (833) 427-5634. If the COVID-19 Hotline denies one’s request for testing, the patient should contact their PCP to further lobby on their behalf.
COVID-19 can be indolent and vary in vulnerable individuals early in the course of disease, then it may quickly and significantly relapse even though one was seemingly improving. The relapse usually occurs within the first 7-10 days.