Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn symptoms and find answers to your diagnosis and screening questions

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some can get very ill. Stay informed and learn the latest about this disease.

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Loss of taste or smell

Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis while sick.

If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or that you may have COVID-19. This will help your healthcare provider’s office to take steps to take precautions to keep other people from being exposed or getting sick.

If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms and have possibly been exposed to the virus, you should contact your healthcare provider. Before your appointment, call ahead to let your provider know if you’ve recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and which symptoms you have developed.

IU Health provides free screening for COVID-19 via our virtual visits app where people currently located in Indiana are able to review symptoms with a healthcare provider. The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care and will provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

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If you have a new onset of viral or flu-like symptoms including but not limited to cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea or muscle aches within the past 14 days, you should consider getting screened.

Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride sharing or taxis while sick.

Stay away from others as much as possible, including in your home. Try to stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home.

Avoid sharing personal household items, and wash items thoroughly after use with soap and water.

COVID-19 Testing

We want to ensure our local emergency departments have the resources to care for the sickest patients. Please do not visit an ER to get tested.

We encourage people who suspect they may have COVID-19 to do one of the following:

No, not currently. IU Health continues to look at other testing pathways to serve the community. Please do not visit an ER to get a COVID-19 test.

Visit Indiana State Department of Health for Testing Sites Near You

General public testing is not available at this time because testing resources are limited. To make sure that tests are available for those most in need, testing is focused on high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have come in contact with the virus. For those who screen positive and meet the testing criteria, IU Health offers remote specimen collection sites to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

Visit Indiana State Department of Health for Testing Sites Near You

General public testing through IU Health is not available at this time because testing resources are limited. To make sure that tests are available for those most in need, testing is focused on high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have come in contact with the virus.

For those who screen positive and meet the testing criteria, IU Health offers remote specimen collection sites to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

Visit Indiana State Department of Health for Testing Sites Near You

The cash price for the COVID-19 diagnostic test (U0004) in a physician office, inpatient, or emergency department setting is $100 and the cash price for the antibody test (86769) is $42.13.

The cash price for the COVID-19 test and collection (U0004 and C9803) in a hospital outpatient lab is $122.99 and the cash price for the antibody test (86769 and C9803) is $65.12.

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