Coronavirus - What to do if you feel sick?
If you've got a cough, a fever or difficulty breathing, and you're worried that you simply may have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, here are recommendations from Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, on what to try and do, step by step.
Coronavirus: What can you do if you Feel Sick?
Stay Home and Call a Health Care Provider
Unless it's an emergency, to decrease your risk of catching or spreading illness, stay home if you are feeling sick, although your symptoms are mild. don't go to work, school or public places, and avoid public transportation.
If your symptoms are severe otherwise you feel like you would like medical aid , call before you attend a doctor’s office, urgent care center or ER . Describe your symptoms over the phone.
If you've got a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms and recent travel history.
Answer inquiries to Determine Your Risk
When you call a health care facility, you'll be asked about your risks for COVID-19. Risk factors include recent visit certain countries or areas of the U.S., or exposure to an infected person.
For example, people contacting Johns Hopkins Health System or clinics are asked:
Have contact with someone with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus? (Close contact means that he was 6 feet from that person for a long time, or coughed or sneezed).
Do you have a fever, a cough or breathing difficulties?
Did the public health official say that you were likely exposed to COVID-19?
Follow Your Health Care Provider’s Instructions
Based on your answers to those questions, the care provider will provide instructions over the phone. you'll be told if you would like to be evaluated, and if so, what to try and do next. Depending on your risk of developing COVID-19, your health care provider may recommend you
Keep an eye on your health and call again if you have fever or respiratory symptoms.
Stay home and await further instructions.
Report to a delegated medical aid facility for evaluation and treatment. It’s best to go alone to your appointment. don't bring children or other relations unless you would like assistance.
Go to a clinic or emergency department if you've got more severe symptoms, like higher fever and severe shortness of breath.
Practice Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
If you are doing leave your home to go to a care facility, wear a mask so your coughs and sneezes are less likely to infect others. (Masks aren't recommended for healthy people within the general population.)
Wash your hands thoroughly (for a minimum of 20 seconds) after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing or using the toilet , and before preparing or eating food.
If you cough or sneeze, do so by folding the elbow and not in your hand. Or use a tissue, then throw it away immediately afterward.
At home, clean frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door knobs, cabinet knobs, and bathroom hardware, tabletops, phones, tablets and keyboards regularly with disinfectant.
The possibility of getting a contagious illness is horrifying , but doctors, nurses and other caregivers are learning more about COVID-19 a day . they're working along side national and international agencies to-identify and provide care to patients while avoiding spread of the illness within the community.