What to do if you think you have COVID-19, aka the coronavirus disease, and haven’t done anything yet.
“I’m not feeling well and I have symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever, cough, or respiratory issues such as shortness of breath.”
In the past 14 days have you returned from a country with COVID-19 travel restrictions in place by the CDC?
Currently China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan.
Have you had
The CDC says this is “being within approximately 6 feet … for a prolonged period of time” — with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days of their symptoms appearing (this includes health care workers).
Do you have what
the CDC considers
Such as being immunocompromised; being older than 65; having chronic heart, lung, or kidney conditions; or if you’re pregnant.
If you discover you came into close contact with someone with the coronavirus or if you get severe symptoms, contact your health care provider.
Be vigilant and track your symptoms.
If you experience severe symptoms or discover you were in contact with someone who may have been exposed via travel or exposed to others, call your health care provider. Practice good hygiene — wash your hands, don’t touch your face. Here’s more on that.
The CDC actually calls this “home isolation,” but it means you need to stay in your home unless you’re receiving medical care. Here’s list of things you need to do.
Call your health care provider and let them know that you suspect it could be COVID-19.
Follow their instructions
Follow your health care
Including about how to self-isolate. If you have COVID-19, they’ll notify the Health Department and the CDC. Stay in touch with your provider — they will evaluate your condition and let you know when you can safely return to normal activities. Per the CDC, the decision to discontinue home isolation is made on a case-by-case basis. Monitor your symptoms, and if they become severe, seek emergency care.
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