Here's some answers to questions you may have. All of the answers are by medical professionals or the CDC. If you have more questions, please visit our Resources page or talk to your doctor.
Q: Who should get COVID-19 tested?
A: Those who have COVID-19 symptoms.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
A: Yes. The FDA and CDC have carefully reviewed the clinical trials for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, and it has been proven to be safe and effective for children 12 and older. Moderna has also applied for authorization for its vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, and that data is currently under review. Clinical trials are also underway regarding the potential use of these vaccines for children under 12.
In addition, the vaccines are being closely monitored to ensure the safety of the vaccines for all eligible age groups.
Q: What do I do if I'm a close contact in an exposure?
A: A 'close contact' is someone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 “greater than 10 minutes with a person less than 6 feet.” If contact has been fully vaccinated and is at least two weeks past their 2nd dose or has had a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 6 months, you are not required to quarantine, but need to watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop - get tested.
Q: Do I need to quarantine if I went to a mass gathering?
A: If vaccinated, no need to isolate/quarantine, monitor symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask where needed. Unvaccinated? Isolate/quarantine for 10 days from event, no testing to get out early from isolation/quarantine. Isolation/quarantine at home is recommended for 10 days from exposure and testing if symptoms develop. You need to provide your employer with the notice of possible exposure and the recommendation to isolate/quarantine. The health department will not be able to provide a letter for mass gatherings but will put out a notice when there is exposure and contacts cannot be traced.
Q: What is an antibody test and who should have one? What does an antibody result mean and how does it change my activities?
A: Antibody tests are not approved in Kansas nor are they sensitive enough to determine immunity from either having COVID or vaccination.
Q: Can I get my COVID and flu vaccine at same time?
A: Yes, can get both at same time and flu vaccines are seriously recommended this year.
Q: Can I go to work with symptoms?
A: No. Do not work while you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as but not limited to: fever, body aches, and sore throat. Stay at home and isolate/quarantine until your test results come back.
Q: Can I go to work while waiting for my/my kids' COVID-19 test results?
A: No, remain at home along with all other members of your household.
Q: Does my whole family need to quarantine if one person is sick? What if they are sick but tested negative for COVID-19?
A: It is recommended that persons with COVID-19 symptoms stay home while being tested. Often physicians will continue to recommend patients stay at home if their evaluation warrants it, even with a negative test.