Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

Your Questions About the Coronavirus Answered

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

In August, we asked members to send in the questions they had about coronavirus and COVID-19. You didn’t disappoint. We received more than 1,000 questions about the pandemic — from questions about face masks and testing to vaccines and treatments to safety and mental health. The questions clearly showed your concern about COVID-19 and also the frustration that all of us have felt trying to find answers during this pandemic.

In order to answer these questions, we’ve scoured studies from respected medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at government sources of information like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and asked of authorities in medicine. Your MDVIP-affiliated physician is a great source for answers, too. Why? Because they know you and your health. If you have concerns about COVID-19, call your doctor — especially if you think you’re sick.

You probably already know this: As new science emerges, these answers could change, which is why it’s important to keep looking for answers. It’s frustrating but this is how science operates. Early in the pandemic, certain treatments looked promising in small preliminary studies only to fail to show efficacy when higher quality studies — the kind doctors rely on to make treatment decisions — were conducted.

We'll be updating this FAQ with new questions and revising answers as the science changes. Click on the links to find your answers.