With increasing concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak throughout the country, it is important to be aware and cautious. This begins with educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of the disease so that action can be taken when needed. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start to experience symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
What are the Symptoms?
People can begin developing symptoms of the Coronavirus disease from between two to 14 days after they were exposed to the illness. These symptoms can be mild or severe, consisting of the following:
- Shortness of breath
In the event of severe cases, those who are infected can experience emergency warning signs. These individuals should receive medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs can include:
- 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’ve Been Exposed?
If you believe you have been exposed to the Coronavirus disease, there are steps you can take to help minimize the spread of the disease and protect yourself in the process. This can be done by implementing the following safety measures:
- Stay home, avoid public areas/transportation.
- Practice social distancing, stay away from others, and limit contact with pets and animals.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a face mask if you are sick and/or caring for others
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands immediately, and dispose of used tissues
- Clean your hands with soap and water often and use hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Do not share household items including dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, etc.
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, appliances, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
- Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to worsen