Frequently Asked Coronavirus Questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a part of our daily lives. With information virtually everywhere, we’ve compiled what we believe are the most important things to know.

Whether you have questions about the vaccine or booster, need to know where to go if you’re sick, or have other general questions about Coronavirus, take a look below and stay safe, healthy, and informed.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are now available. They provide excellent protection against Coronavirus and help to slow the spread throughout our communities. Learn more about available vaccines and the best ways to get them.

Coronavirus basics

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, including how the virus spreads, how you can protect yourself, and ways to avoid getting sick in the future.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is constantly updating this information, providing the most recent scientific findings. Review top insights from the CDC:

Think you have COVID-19?

To find out if you have COVID-19, using a home rapid antigen test is a good place to start. If your first test is negative, you may need to repeat the test 24 hours later to confirm the result. You can get a more accurate PCR test at your primary care provider’s office or at any AHN express care facility. These can deliver a result in as little as one hour, although sometimes results can take as long as 24 hours to be reported.

If you’re sick and concerned about COVID-19, try to isolate from others and wear a tight-fitting mask to prevent spreading it.

Coronavirus testing locations

If you’re experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or think you’ve been exposed, you can get tested at an AHN doctor’s office or one of our Express Care locations. Learn more about our testing sites.

Pregnancy and Coronavirus

If you’re concerned about yourself, your pregnancy, or your baby, AHN is here to help keep you safe and healthy. See common questions and answers for pregnancy and Coronavirus concerns.

Treatment options for Coronavirus

Many COVID-19 infections are mild, and the fatigue, headache, sore throat, and congestion can be treated successfully with rest and over-the-counter pain medications.

Many medical conditions can put you at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, including being overweight, over 65, pregnancy, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease, and disorders or medications that impair your immune system. If you have any of these conditions, contact your primary care physician at the first sign of illness, so potential treatments can be offered.


Most people with these higher-risk conditions qualify for treatment with Paxlovid — an oral antiviral medication regimen taken for five days. But it needs to be started within five days of symptom onset, so it’s important to reach out early. Paxlovid remains free of charge to patients.

Monoclonal antibody therapy

If Paxlovid is not appropriate, high-risk patients may be offered monoclonal antibody therapy. These IV infusions are offered at Forbes Hospital in the Pittsburgh area or at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie. Any AHN clinician can order monoclonal antibody therapy. If you do not have an AHN physician, you can access a virtual urgent care appointment for evaluation and ordering if appropriate.


Patients with severely impaired immune systems should talk to their doctor about Evusheld — a monoclonal antibody injection designed to prevent COVID-19 infection. Injections are given every six months and should be used alongside full COVID-19 vaccine treatments. Evusheld is available at rheumatology, transplant, cancer, and primary care offices.