MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The novel coronavirus epidemic has left people across the state and country with many questions. After all, most have never heard of the illness until recently.
There are a number of questions posed to WMBF viewers in reference to the outbreak. Here are some of the most common:
What do I do if I think I’m infected with the coronavirus?
- Officials with the Medical University of South Carolina recommend speaking to an online virtual care provider, Virtual COVID-19 screens are free. Users simply need to use the code COVID19 when logging in.
- Grand Strand Medical Center has a phone line that is staffed by nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Those nurses can be reached at (843) 692-4444.
- For those concerned about travel history and/or symptoms, Conway Medical Center is offering a phone line where callers can speak with a medical professional for a screening for COVID-19. Call (843) 428-8767 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to speak with a registered nurse.
- McLeod Health is offering a free screening test for the coronavirus. To access it, type in the code COVID19.
- Tidelands Health is testing patients when a physician determines it is clinically appropriate to do so.
- General questions about coronavirus can be addressed with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control Care Line at (855) 472-3432.
How is the coronavirus spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are working to provide answers to basic questions about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
What is community spread?
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, according to the CDC.
How can I protect myself from possible price gouging?
South Carolina’s price gouging law is currently in effect. Those who feel they may have been the victim of price gouging should:
- Note the time, place, address, and name of the gas station or business
- Note the price you paid
- Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those stations or businesses
- Take pictures that identify the business, along with the price
- Provide your name and contact information
What area restaurants are offering takeout and curbside delivery?
Are the beaches closed during this time?
The Grand Strand beaches remain open, but South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has directed local law enforcement agents to disperse crowds that are gathered on state beaches to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.