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Covid-19 Specialist

Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Addiction Treatment located in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, AK

COVID-19 and its variants are spreading quickly through the United States. If you’re exhibiting symptoms, fear you were exposed, or need a test for work or travel, Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions can help. Shannon Davis, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, AGACNP, offers diagnosis and treatment for the virus. Call the Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska locations or use the online tool to set up your appointment and find out more.

Covid-19 Q&A

What is COVID-19?

You’ve heard of COVID-19 and how it’s ultimately affecting society, but may not be entirely sure what it is. COVID-19 is a “coronavirus” which is in the same family as the common cold.  

COVID-19 is NOT the common cold, however. Some people may get infected and experience no or very minor symptoms, while others become extremely ill, have long-term side effects, or even die. 

The full extent of the impact of COVID-19 on people’s health isn’t fully understood, and new information is coming to light daily.

Should I undergo COVID-19 testing?

There are many situations in which you might require a COVID test. Some workplaces and travel destinations require proof of a negative test to enter their spaces. 

It’s also smart to get a test if you’ve been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and in the actively contagious stage.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should also get a COVID test: 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms aren’t comprehensive, as researchers discover new things about the virus as infections increase. 

These symptoms are often associated with another virus, illness, or condition, but getting a test can rule out COVID-19 and help you protect others from catching it. 

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. You expel these droplets when you sneeze, cough, or talk. These droplets can be breathed in by people around you or land on surfaces, which people touch and then touch their face.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive, you should plan to stay home from work, school, and other public places until you get a negative test. If you have symptoms, hydrate often, rest, and use over-the-counter medications to combat aches, fever, and sore throat. If you experience any complications, like trouble breathing, contact Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions right away to find out if you need additional treatment. 

COVID-19 can be serious and is highly contagious. Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions is your resource for testing and information about the latest guidelines. Call today or use the online tool to get in touch.