Subject: What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2.  Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill.   Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions.   Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, rerunning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more that four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.  Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.   Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases- Last Updated Sept. 13, 2024


SUBJECT: Swine Flu Guidelines

As per TNSDOH, testing for swine flu and treatment with anti-viral medications are generally not indicated for patients presenting with mild influenza-like illness (ILI) in the Memphis, Tennessee metropolitan area, including Shelby County. Patients with ILI who do not require hospitalization are considered to have mild illness. Physicians and health care providers should notify Baptist hospital patients with severe, unexplained, febrile, respiratory illness in individuals who have any of the following within 7 days prior to symptom onset: