Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses named for the crown (corona) around their surface and are commonly circulated among humans, causing mild illness like common cold 

The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) 

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in 2 - 14 days after exposure, resulting in mild-to-severe illness and death 

How is it spread?

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Fever or chills, Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache

New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

COVID-19 Testing

Onsite labwork is available at the discretion of your Symbol medical provider.


Onsite collection of oral and/or nasal samples, sent to outside lab


Test results are usually available in 48 hours & symbol will notify patients

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Social Distancing

Protecting yourself and your community from getting and spreading infections by avoiding contact with sick people.

Cough Etiquette

Cough into your elbow! Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, then throw it away.


Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.

Travel Limitation

Guidance on cancelling or postponing travel, returning from travel, air or cruise travel, and business travel.

Protect Your Family

Prepare your home, plan ahead, and stay informed. 

When you're sick

The CDC's recommendations for patients who are confirmed to have or who believe they have COVID-19. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. Symbol Health Solutions is diligent about adhering to the latest alerts and guidance from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Information may change quickly and without notice. For the latest information, please call your Symbol Clinic to speak with a medical provider directly.

  • What Do I Need To Know About COVID-19?

    Read through the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions for coronavirus basics. Learn how it spreads, how to protect yourself, the symptoms and testing basics, as well as other questions about travel, pregnant women, and what to do if you're sick.

  • What Do I Do If I Suspect I Have COVID-19 Symptoms?

    Call your Symbol Clinic immediately. We may be able to help. Testing for COVID-19 can be managed through your Symbol Clinic at no cost to you. Before coming into the clinic, call for your appointment, though, so we can get you prompt care.

  • Can Symbol Health Test for COVID-19?

    Yes. Symbol Clinics are equipped with tests for onsite collection of suspected COVID-19 specimens. Either with an oral or a nasal swab, Symbol can send your test off to a third-party laboratory for analysis. Results usually take 48 hours or 2 business days. Learn more about COVID-19 Testing at Symbol.