With increasing health concerns over the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it is important to be proactive in order to protect the health of yourself as well as that of others. This begins with educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of the illness, as well as what to do in the event that you find yourself experiencing symptoms. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start to develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
What are the Symptoms?
Reported cases of the Coronavirus began with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms can begin anywhere from two to 14 days after their initial exposure to the virus. This can include the following signs:
- Shortness of breath
In the event of a severe case, individuals may develop emergency warning signs. When this happens, it is important to seek out medical assistance immediately. Emergency warning signs can include but are not limited to the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
What Do I Do if I Have Symptoms?
If you believe you have been exposed to the Coronavirus or begin to experience symptoms of the disease, there are steps that can be taken in order to minimize the spread of the illness. This does not only protect yourself but others as well. Proper safety measures can include:
- Stay at home and avoid public areas/transportation
- Practice social distancing by staying away from others and limiting contact with pets/animals.
- Call ahead before seeing your doctor
- Wear a face mask if you are sick or caring for other people
- Cover all coughs and sneezes, wash your hands immediately afterwards, and dispose of any used tissues
- Clean your hands often with soap and water in addition to frequently using hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face
- Do not share personal household items with others such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, etc.
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
- Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they start to get worse