Helpful COVID-19 Information from MUSC Health Sports Medicine

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Background:

The purpose of this information is to provide our teams, players, coaches, staff and others affiliated with our sports medicine program with information that will help them minimize risk for becoming ill as the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grows. It is also to provide instruction and guidelines for how to manage active illness and suspected exposure. This is to be used in conjunction with CDC , state and local health guidelines and practices related to COVID-19.


What we do know about this disease is evolving. We expect many people all around the country to be exposed to COVID-19, so it is important for all of us to understand how to limit spread and to protect ourselves as well as those around us. Older people and those with serious health conditions are at highest risk for death from this virus, so it is important that we do everything possible to lower the chances for it to spread.


COVID-19 is transmitted primarily through the air from respiratory droplets, but also saliva and fecal material can harbor the virus. It can easily spread from close person to person contact (6 feet). It is thought to be able to remain alive and infectious for at least three hours in the air and much longer on surfaces. Measures to reduce risk of contracting the virus and to protect ourselves, as well as those around each of us, include: social distancing, hygiene measures, early action in the event of illness, early screening when concerned about illness, and barriers such as special facemasks. The virus can remain infectious in our bodies for up to two weeks as we shed virus particles. So, a prolonged period of time is necessary to allow the virus to run its course.


Symptoms include:

  • Fever/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Sneezing/runny nose

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle/joint aches

  • Fatigue

  • Possibly stomach ache or diarrhea


These are similar symptoms to influenza (flu) as well as other upper respiratory illnesses. Also, this time of year, allergy season is in play and so allergy symptoms can mimic, but allergies typically do not associate with fever, muscle/joint aches, and fatigue.


Fortunately, most young and healthy individuals (like our athletes) will not usually become severely ill but rather have a cold or flu-like illness.


What to do if you have symptoms or exposure:

If you have traveled in an area where the disease is prevalent, have been in contact with anyone known to have disease, or have experienced fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or the symptoms noted above, then please take the following immediate steps:

  • Distance yourself from other players, staff and friends.

  • Let one of the MUSC medical staff know your situation.