COVID-19 Information and Resources
Masks are still required in hospitals and health care facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health.
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. It is very contagious and has caused outbreaks across the world.
The virus is spread when an infected person releases droplets through their nose or mouth when breathing, speaking, coughing, or sneezing. These droplets can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouths.
COVID-19 often causes respiratory symptoms (breathing problems) and can feel like a cold, flu, or pneumonia. It can attack other parts of the body too, in addition to the lungs.
Some people will become infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, or will have mild symptoms. These people can still spread the infection to others. For some, COVID-19 can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
Older adults and people with certain medical issues are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Some people, including those who have no symptoms or mild symptoms, may still suffer from “long COVID”, meaning they continue to experience health issues months after their infection.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:
- Fever (temperature greater than 100° Fahrenheit)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are experiencing possible symptoms, it is very important to get tested and to stay away from others. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
Getting Care at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai is making it easier—and safer—to get care. If you do not have COVID-19, but want to schedule a routine doctor's appointment, you can set up an in-person or video visit easily through MyMountSinai® (MyChart). If you need more information, please call your provider.
Legal Services for Patients during COVID-19
The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership provides free legal services for our most vulnerable patients, to address and resolve the legal and social issues that often contribute to poor health.
If you have questions about rights to unemployment benefits, visa extensions, public benefits, advance planning, and child custody, or other issues, the partnership can help.
The partnership has arranged for free, confidential legal services for low-income patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Patients can contact their providers to make an appointment to see an attorney.