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All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, change over time. Hundreds of variations of this virus have been identified worldwide.
Norton Healthcare works closely with state and federal health officials to provide COVID-19 vaccine updates, answers and information for you and your family. And we’ve made it easier for patients to get COVID-19 vaccines, testing and treatment.
Norton Now includes same-day care offerings so you can get the care you need, when you need it and where you need it. Norton Community Medical Associates primary care offices are located across the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Save your spot in line at a Norton Immediate Care Center or visit a Norton Prompt Care clinic for treatment of minor illnesses.
Use Norton eCare video visits or just answer a few questions online from anywhere in Kentucky or Indiana for care without coming into the office. Your provider can order drive-thru lab testing for you if needed at Norton Healthcare Express Services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated vaccine to protect against potentially serious COVID-19 complications.This is especially important for older adults and people with weakened immune systems, who are at highest risk for severe illness. While the updated vaccinations aren’t an exact match for every variant, the CDC says the updated vaccines should work against current variants because of the similar genetic code and should help ensure you have only mild symptoms.
Yes, if you are eligible for a vaccine booster, you can choose which one to get. The vaccines are from Pfizer and Moderna.
Yes, the CDC says vaccines before or while you are pregnant help protect from potentially serious diseases that can make both mom and baby very sick. Learn more from Norton Women’s Care providers about vaccinations for people who are trying to conceive and those who are currently pregnant.
There are currently no legitimate COVID-19 vaccines produced by any manufacturer that are available online for individuals to purchase. Beware of any offers that do not come from an authorized source, meaning anyone other than a health care provider or official government organization.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, and headaches. Variants can come with slightly different symptoms such as runny nose, dry cough and sneezing.
You can get a COVID-19 diagnostic test at locations across the Louisville area: at Norton Healthcare Express Services, Norton Community Medical Associates primary care offices, Norton Immediate Care Centers and Norton Prompt Care clinics.
If you have COVID-19, it’s best to isolate yourself at home except for medical appointments. Make sure to restrict activities outside your home, such as going to work and school, visiting family and friends, and visiting public spaces such as grocery stores, churches and retail locations. The one exception to going out in public is when seeking medical care. While quarantining at home, stay away from others who are sharing your home and avoid sharing household items. See these CDC guidelines for additional information, including how long you can expect to be contagious.
Generally, most people feel better by six months, but we also have patients who are eight, 10 and 12 months out and are still experiencing symptoms. People who are still experiencing symptoms after one year are usually those who have had pre-existing conditions.
Although anyone at any age can get long COVID-19, you may be at higher risk if you’ve had a severe COVID-19 illness, such as one requiring hospitalization or intensive care. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, experienced before or during a COVID-19 illness, also increases your risk.
Follow these tips for taking care of yourself if you experience long COVID-19.
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