KOIN 6 gets answers to your top coronavirus questions


Clark County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Steve Krager and Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines answered your questions

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — KOIN 6 News got your coronavirus questions answered.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Clark County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Steve Krager and Tri-County Health Officer Jennifer Vines sat down with Jeff Gianola. The conversation was streamed live on Facebook and the officials answered viewers’ questions in real-time as they were posted.

The following is a list of some of the questions the officials answered:

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • What’s the difference between COVID-19 and coronavirus?
  • What to do/where to go if you think you have symptoms of the coronavirus? Is testing available?
  • Is it true the test costs $3,000? Will insurance cover?
  • What’s the likelihood of catching COVID-19?
  • Can I catch it if someone with it was at my grocery store?
  • How long does a COVID-19 virus survive on surfaces?
  • Are people at PDX being screened coming back from China, Italy, Iran?
  • Should I cancel my trip to Seattle? San Francisco?
  • Who is most at risk for severe complications?
  • How does this compare to the flu?
  • Why haven’t they told us where the Oregon patients went before they were diagnosed?
  • What places to avoid/tips to minimize exposure/keep my family safe?
  • N95 masks – do they cut it? Hearing mixed reports
  • Is it true health professionals are running out of masks?
  • Why is it more likely for adults to contract COVID-19 than children?
  • How is COVID-19 different than other coronaviruses?
  • How does COVID-19 affect animals? Should I worry about my dog?
  • Is it safe to receive a package from an area where COVID-19 has been reported?
  • What’s the difference between an outbreak and a pandemic?

The health officials’ responses can be heard in the video embedded at the top of this article.

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