General Coronavirus Information

Is there a Coronavirus vaccine?

In December 2020, MUSC Health began receiving COVID-19 vaccines. As more vaccines have become available and processes have evolved, more populations have become eligible to take the vaccine.

The best way to stay updated about eligible populations, updates and more is to visit our vaccine information page.

How should the public respond to COVID-19?

MUSC has received numerous contacts from businesses, community organizations, and individuals who want to help provide necessary and in-demand health care supplies such as these masks. Learn more about making donations to MUSC Health.

The best prevention against COVID-19 is hygiene. MUSC recommends having plenty of hand sanitizer and soap available. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after touching objects and surfaces, and immediately after interacting or shaking hands with others. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Individuals should also practice social distancing whenever possible and wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth.

Since the coronavirus symptoms are similar to a common respiratory virus, we will continue to educate our patients and the community about prevention, detection, and treatment.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has also produced educational materials including fact sheets, videos, social media graphics, posters, and more.

What is MUSC Health's mask policy?

All patients and approved visitors are required to wear masks when entering or moving about the building. This includes out-patient, in-patient and ambulatory patients. A mask will be given to patients at the screening areas or in the clinics if they do not bring one on their own. Homemade masks are permitted, but must have two layers of material, fully cover the mouth and nose and fit around the sides of the face.

The following are not considered appropriate masks:

  • bandanas with open bottoms
  • neck-gaiter style face coverings
  • masks with mesh, holes or ventilation ports.

All MUSC Health care team members are required to wear appropriate masks while at work and consistently self-monitor. Care team members are to only use MUSC-provided masks, not externally sourced or homemade masks. The type of mask required to be worn depends on the work setting.

How does Coronavirus spread?

Information about how COVID-19 (formerly called 2019-nCoV) is thought to be spreading from ill people to others is available from the CDC.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Please review the CDC's signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection page for further information. If you or someone you are caring for suspect you may be sick as a result of this virus, please complete a virtual urgent care visit and consult these recommendations from the CDC. Following these steps will help prevent the disease from further spreading.

I need or want to self-monitor, but can't get a thermometer. What should I do?

We realize that many people may not have a thermometer at home and that even if you order one today, it could take months for delivery; however, in addition to taking your temperature, there are other ways to self-monitor:

  • Are you experiencing chills, sweats or feelings of weakness?
  • Are you developing a dry cough?
  • Do you feel short of breath?
  • Do your cheeks or forehead feel hot to the touch of your fingertips or back of your hand?

If any of the above-mentioned symptoms appear, take action and visit MUSC Health virtual care. A provider will advise you of appropriate next steps.

Can Coronavirus be treated?

Please refer to the CDC's prevention and treatment resources for information.