The original item was published from March 13, 2020 11:57 AM to March 13, 2020 12:01 PM
If you think you may have COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, here are some steps you can take to protect community spread of the disease:
- Stay home if you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Wear a face mask (a surgical mask if you have one) or cover your cough and sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t share personal items (drinking glass or utensils) with others.
- Call your healthcare provider. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department unannounced.
- Your doctor's office will assess your illness on the phone, which may include information or other guidance for you and household members.
- Testing for COVID-19 is not a routine test. Your healthcare provider will work with local and state public health officials to determine who should be tested for COVID-19. All testing is currently limited to those with the highest risk of exposure.
- Since many of the illnesses are mild, we expect most COVID-19 patients will be isolated in their own home to rest and recover. If possible, sleep in a bedroom and use a bathroom that is not used by other household members.
- There is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids will likely be helpful for recovery. Only the most critically ill will be hospitalized.