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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Do You Think You May Have COVID-19?

10 things to do if sick with COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have reported a range of symptoms from mild to severe illness. COVID-19 symptoms may be present between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists coronavirus symptoms as:

  • 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 or diarrhea

Most people with mild symptoms are able to recover at home. However, the CDC says individuals experiencing emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to wake or stay awake and/or bluish lips or face should seek immediate medical attention.

The CDC’s COVID-19 website provides a self-checker as a guide for individuals to make decisions on when to seek medical care.

10 Things to do if Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms 

  1. 10ThingsifSickFlyerStoryImageStay home from work or school and visiting public places. If you need to go out, limit errands, maintain 6 feet distance from others, wear a mask and try not to use public transportation or ride-sharing services.
  2. Monitor your symptoms at home. Call your health care provider if symptoms get worse, or call 9-1-1 if experiencing the emergency warning signs.
  3. Stay hydrated and get some rest.
  4. If visiting a healthcare facility, notify the staff ahead of time that you may have COVID-19.
  5. For medical emergencies, inform dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.
  6. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  7. Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  8. Isolate yourself in a room at your home from others in your household. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
  9. Avoid sharing personal items with others, including dishes, phone, towels or bedding.
  10. Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces such as counters, door knobs and light switches following the CDC cleaning guidelines.

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