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Frequently Asked Questions

If you're undergoing COVID-19 testing or have tested positive for COVID-19, please refer to these FAQs.


Specific Populations or Health Conditions

For more information on how the coronavirus affects specific patient populations or health conditions, please refer to these frequently asked questions:


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Helpful Information

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Understanding the Basics

UCSF Health's Deborah Yokoe, MD, MPH, and Robert Kosnik, MD, address some common concerns about the coronavirus, including when to call a doctor and whether to wear a mask.

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Why Social Distancing

Epidemiologists Jeff Martin, MD, MPH, and George Rutherford III, MD, explain why these public health measures are being taken and what each of us can do to slow the outbreak and help to save lives.

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Who's Really At Risk?

A common misconception spreading with COVID-19 is that it mainly affects the elderly while sparing younger people. Our experts take a closer look at the numbers and what they reveal about who’s actually getting sick.

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