Frequently Asked Medical Questions

  • Olathe Public Schools Director of Health Services Sharon Morris compiled these medical-related questions and answers based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. 

    Q. — If I have been around someone who found out a household member has COVID-19, have I been exposed? Do I need to quarantine?

    A. — If the person was not sick with COVID when you were with them, the answer is no. Exposure to someone who was exposed but not sick, is not an exposure and does not require quarantine.

    Q. — What do I do if I get sick?

    • Stay at home except to get medical care.
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home (called home isolation) until all the following has been met. Once all of these are met, you may come out of isolation.
      • It has been at least 7 days from the start of your symptoms,
      • You have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
      • You are feeling better and your symptoms have improved.
    • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or tissue. Dispose of the tissue in a lined trash can and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer is soap and water is not available.
    • Clean your hands often: Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, and avoid touching your face until your hands are thoroughly cleaned.
    • Avoid sharing personal items at home or work (plates, cups, eating utensils, sheets, towels, etc.) unless washed between users.
    • Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces every day: desks, tabletops, light switches, doorknobs, toilets, keyboards, bedside tables, etc.
    • Monitor your symptoms: fever of 100+, cough, difficulty breathing.
      • If you have difficulty breathing seek medical care, but call first.
      • Wear a facemask when you enter the building for medical care, cover your cough, and stay at least 6 feet away from others in the office or waiting room.

    If you have questions, please call the JCDHE COVID-19 Hotline at 913-715-CV19 (2819) Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also visit https://jocogov.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update for Johnson County updates on COVID-19.

    Reference: What to do if you're sick with COVID-19 PDF on the district website

    Q. — What should I do if I am caring for someone who is sick?

    A.— Watch to be sure their symptoms do not get worse. If they get worse, (start to have shortness of breath) seek medical attention, but call ahead first. 

    • Prevent the spread of germs by:
      • Having them stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
      • Avoid sharing personal household items – dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, sheets, towels, pens, pencils, etc.
      • If you have a facemask, have them wear it if they are with other family members in the house. Have them stay at least 6 feet away from others.
      • If the sick person can’t wear a mask, then you should wear a mask when caring for them or being within 6 feet of them.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands.
      • Avoid touching your face unless your hands are cleansed.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (keyboards, remotes, tables, light switches, toilets, bathroom faucets, etc.).
      • Wash laundry thoroughly. Wear disposable gloves when handling laundry and keep items away from your body. Dispose of gloves and wash hands after.
      • Avoid unnecessary visitors.
    • Care for their symptoms:
      • Rest, plenty of water, healthy food, over-the-counter medications for fever and other symptoms.
      • Most people will get better in a few days (one week).
    • The sick person can come out of isolation after all the following conditions are met:
      • It has been at least 7 days from the start of their symptoms,
      • They have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
      • They are feeling better and their symptoms have improved.
    • Anyone who has been around the sick person should quarantine themselves in their home for 14 days past their last exposure to the sick person. If no symptoms develop, the quarantine ends. If symptoms begin, begin isolation as stated above.

    If you have questions, please call the JCDHE COVID-19 Hotline at 913-715-CV19 (2819) Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also visit https://jocogov.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update for Johnson County updates on COVID-19.

    Reference: Visit the CDC webpage about how to care for someone with COVID-19 

    Q. — I'm overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or thinking of harming myself or others. Where can I find help?

    A. — Call the Johnson County Mental Health Crisis Line available 24 hours a day at 913-268-0156
     
    Q. — There is someone that I help. Under the current stay-at-home orders, can I still go to help care for them?

    A. — Yes. You may go to other households to help with essential care. Practice good handwashing (when you arrive, when you leave, and times in between), disinfect surfaces, and maintain the social distance of 6-plus feet as much as possible. It is wonderful that we are caring for our family, neighbors, and the elderly in our community!

    Q. — I need help with food, utilities, financial help.

    A. — 211 is a one-stop resource to local assistance for a wide variety of needs. Visit 211kc.org or dial 211 on your phone.