With the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak as a prevalent issue in the country today, it is important to understand what to look out for during this time. While many compare the disease to flu-like symptoms, all people should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease itself. 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?
The cases that have been reported as the Coronavirus disease have experienced a range of symptoms from mild to severe. Individuals may experience symptoms between two and 14 days after they were exposed to it. These symptoms can include the following:
- Shortness of breath
It is crucial to know that a person to be on the lookout for emergency warning signs as well. If a case becomes serious, they should seek out medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs can consist of 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 Think I’m Sick?
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or begin to develop symptoms of the disease, there are critical safety measures to implement in order to prevent spreading the disease and protect yourself. This includes the following actions:
- Stay home and avoid public areas/transportation
- Practice social distancing, stay away from others, and limit contact with pets and animals.
- Call your doctor before visiting
- If you are sick and/or caring for others, wear a face mask
- Cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands immediately, and dispose of all used tissues
- Clean your hands with soap and water often and use hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
- Keep up with cleaning “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
- Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to become severe