With so much information coming at a person about COVID-19, sometimes it is difficult to tell fact from fiction.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) recently began answering common questions sent to its e social media and email accounts in a series called “You Asked...” on the SHA social media channels - Facebook and Twitter.
Here are the “You Asked...” questions and answers posted in the past week.
Q: My household member has COVID-19 and they are isolating at home. Do I need to isolate too?A: Yes. All household members of a person with COVID-19 shall immediately go into mandatory isolation for 14 days and call HealthLine 811 if symptomatic.
Q: I heard a rumour that people are getting calls that they are COVID-19 positive when they haven’t actually had a test. Is this true?A: No. These are not calls from Public Health in Saskatchewan.
Q: Are infrared temperature checks dangerous for your brain?A: No. Infrared thermometers don’t emit anything. They actually detect the infrared wavelengths emitted by your body and covert this energy into an electrical signal to get a temperature reading.
Q: When does someone have to self-isolate?A: Canada’s Quarantine Act and Saskatchewan’s Public Health Order indicate you must self-isolate when:
Q: What does the COVID-19 test actually test for?A: The analysis is specifically for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).