Our team is dedicated to helping Georgians stay informed and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions and share resources to keep you and your family healthy. We will continue to update it as more information becomes available.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the state's public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Georgians can also use the AU Health ExpressCare app to receive a free virtual screening from a medical provider. The provider will determine if the patient should be tested for COVID-19.
Are there cases in Georgia?
There are confirmed cases in Georgia. Click here to view confirmed cases by county.
How do I protect myself and my family?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Practice social distancing
Is there reason to panic?
No. It's important to be vigilant and practice good hygiene, but there is no reason to panic.
Should older adults take extra precautions?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Please watch the CDC's video for guidance.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Visit the State Department's travel advisory page for more information.
I'm currently traveling abroad. What should I do?
Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov. This is the best way to get real-time updates from the State Department.
If you have an emergency overseas, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call 1-888-407-4747 (from United States and Canada) or +1 202-501-4444 (from overseas).
I'm organizing an event. Should I cancel it?
President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines to April 30th. The CDC provides interim guidance for event organizers here.
What resources are available to small businesses?
Click here to view our business resources guide.
How can I donate or sell medical supplies or equipment?
Manufacturers and distributors with available supplies should fill out this form if they want to donate or sell supplies to the State of Georgia. Click here for information about selling supplies to the federal government.
I am a medical provider experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment or other supplies. What should I do?
Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is managing the state stockpile and monitoring needs across the state, in coordination with Georgia Department of Public Health. If your hospital is not connected to GEMA, please contact our office at 404-865-0087.
Health Connect South is maintaining a directory of smaller providers needing supplies. Visit their website here.
You can also call FDA's hotline at 1-888-463-6332 and choose option (*). The line is available 24 hours a day to help address difficulties obtaining supplies.
I heard a rumor. Is it true?
FEMA has a webpage to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19.
What is Congress doing to provide relief for the American people?
We've worked on three phases of relief for the American people and will continue to evaluate the needs of states and local communities.
How has David responded to the coronavirus?
Protecting the health and safety of Georgians is David's top priority.
- Repatriated nearly 70 Georgians from around the world
- Located personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and hospitals
- Helped small businesses access Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans
- Secured H-2A workers for farmers during planting season
- Expanded telehealth and broadband funding for rural communities
- Ensured seniors, individuals, and families received relief checks
- Increased resources to expand state COVID-19 testing
- Pushed a bipartisan solution to address theshortage of doctors and nurses
- Observed safety protocols at Fort Benning and Martin Army Community Hospital
- Advocated for gradual, phased reopening of the economy
President Trump, Senator Perdue, and Governor Brian Kemp tour the Atlanta-based CDC
How has the Trump Administration responded to the coronavirus?
- Created a Task Force to coordinate the federal government's response
- Authorized $8.3 billion in coronavirus response funding
- Declared a national emergency to provide additional resources to safeguard public health
- Implemented travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus in the U.S.
- Expanded airport screenings to identify symptomatic travelers
- Cut red tape to help expand testing availability
- Issued guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus
- Invoked the National Defense Production Act, directing medical manufacturers to operate at max capacity.