Coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS — We continue to answer your questions about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19 — and there sure are plenty. That’s to be expected as the nation convulses from unprecedented lockdowns, quarantines and other interruptions. Here are some questions we received via email, with responses from Side Effects Public Media community engagement specialist Brittani Howell.

What is the incubation period for COVID-19? 

The time between catching the virus and experiencing symptoms — the “incubation period” — is 1-14 days but most commonly around five days, according to the World Health Organization. A new study from the Annals of Internal Medicine also supports this timeline. 

Are people with high blood pressure at risk for complications if they contract coronavirus? 

Coronavirus is more severe for If they ask you to come to a hospital or other testing location, try to stay a minimum of 6 feet away from other people and, if possible, wear a face mask. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do from there, including whether you should stay at the hospital or self-quarantine. 

The CDC website recommends steps to take when you’re sick. Your local or state health department may have more information.

Which counties have seen cases of coronavirus? 

Most, if not all, states are using their health department websites to post regular updates about the coronavirus, including where cases have appeared. 

Let’s look at Indiana as an example. The state health department’s landing page has a banner at the top that says “information about coronavirus (COVID-19): click here to learn more.” The banner takes users to the Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus dashboard. 

Other state governments have similar coronavirus information in place.