Frequently Asked Questions
Covid-19 is an infectious disease and the most recently discovered form of coronavirus. Its symptoms include fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. In more severe cases, it can lead to serious illness with older people and those with underlying medical conditions most at risk.
Because COVID-19 is highly transmissible and can be spread by people who do not know they have the disease, risk of transmission within a community can be difficult to determine.
Community transmission is when there is no clear source of origin of the infection in a new community. It happens when you can no longer identify who became infected after being exposed to someone who interacted with people from the originally infected communities.
Community mitigation activities are actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of the COVID-19 which in turn will protect all individuals, especially those at increased risk for severe illness such as the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Authoritiess have advised residents to be on high alert and take precautionary measures if they have been to some of the areas most affected by coronavirus or if they’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case.
Individuals need to follow healthy hygiene practices, stay at home when sick, practice physical distancing to lower the risk of disease spread, and use a cloth face covering in community settings. These universal precautions are appropriate regardless of the extent of mitigation needed.
This is when attempts are made to trace all the people who a confirmed case may have been in close contact with. Health authorities here have always been keen to emphasise that contact tracing is an essential “process” that it undertakes each time there’s a confirmed case.
According to the CDC, a contact of a Covid-19 case is a person not presenting symptoms, who has or may been in contact with that case. That could be family members, friends, work colleagues or even someone they were on public transport with.
Based on a risk assessment, authorities will aim to make contact with all of these people and take whatever appropriate action – testing, self-isolation etc – is needed.
The main focus of contact tracing, however, is on the close contacts a confirmed case has had. This could be any individual who has had greater than 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, in any setting. It could also be someone you sat within two seats of on a plane, or someone you live with.
Close contacts are most at risk of contracting the virus.
The TCI Ministry of Health has raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Health professionals are working to ensure that the TCI remains free of the coronavirus.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Shortness of breath
Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please call to consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
See our coronavirus advice for travellers.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
*Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.
You only need to stay away from public places (self-quarantine) if advised to by a healthcare professional or by the MoH Coronavirus Service Line.
The risk depends on where you are - and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.
For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
MoH has a coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have COVID 19 (coronavirus)
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
- Do not go to your doctor’s office, pharmacy or hospital. Call 232-9444 or 338-0911 if you need to speak with someone.
If there’s a chance you could have the Coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-quarantine)
Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Do not go to work, school or other public places for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
- Aske friends, family members or delivery service to do errands for you.
- Try to avoid unnecessary visitors to your home.
Call your doctor or the Coronavirus hotline, via 232-9444 or 333-0911 if you begin to experience symptoms while in self-quarantine.
To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered.
Frequently Asked Questions of the Emergency Powers (Covid-19) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”)
No, housekeepers/maids are not permitted to provide cleaning services at private residence to avoid close contact in persons in homes. This phased approach is designed to reopen cleaning services outside of people’s home environments.
No, babysitters are not permitted to work so as to avoid close contact in persons’ homes.
This one on one approach is not permitted at this time. Gyms and fitness studios are excluded entirely from reopening in this phase of reopening.
No, beauty supply stores, hair salons, nail salons and barber shops are not permitted to be reopen during this phase. Hairdressers, nail technicians and barbers are not allowed to make home calls either because people’s homes should not be opened up at this time as physical distancing requirements are still in effect.
No, persons from the same household traveling together do not have to observe physical distancing amongst themselves.
There is no restriction for a person to return to Providenciales where that person permanently resides in the Island of Providenciales but persons cannot be go back and forth. Persons seeking to return to their homes from Providenciales would have to be tested by Public Health authorities before they will be allowed to return – subject to certain protocols that will soon be issued. Travel to Providenciales is also permitted for the persons who have to travel out of the TCI.
Communal pools are not allowed at this time in this phase.