One of the most important and pressing issues in the world right now is the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how to contain it. While this can be an overwhelming time in a person’s life, it is important to know that there are steps that can be taken in order to limit the exposure of the disease. This starts by knowing the symptoms of the disease so that you know what to look out for in the event that you start to become sick. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and begin to develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
What are the Symptoms?
Reported cases of the Coronavirus have shown symptoms varying from mild to severe. These may begin to arise anywhere between two and 14 days after the person’s initial exposure. This can include the following signs:
- Shortness of breath
Those who have a more severe case can experience emergency warning signs. These individuals should receive medical treatment immediately upon noticing the following emergency warning signs:
- 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 Think I’m Sick?
If you believe you have been exposed to the Coronavirus and begin to experience the symptoms listed above, it is important to implement the following safety precautions to protect yourself as well as others:
- Stay home, avoid public areas/transportation.
- Practice social distancing by staying away from others and limiting contact with pets/animals.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a mask if you are sick or caring for other people
- Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, wash your hands immediately after, and dispose of used tissues
- Clean your hands with soap and water often
- Use hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Do not share personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, etc.
- Regularly clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc.
- Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they start to become more severe