If you live in or recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading:
- STAY HOME, if you don’t feel well. Even if you have mild symptoms like runny nose and a headache, stay home until you feel better. This helps doctors focus on patients who are more seriously ill and safeguard health care workers and people you should meet along the way. You should hear this called self-quarantine. Try to stay in a separate room aside from other people in your home. As well as use a separate bathroom if you can.
- If you have trouble breathing, call your doctor. You need to get medical immediately. Calling ahead (rather than showing up) will let the doctor guide you to the safe place, which may not be your doctor’s office. If you don’t have a family physician, call your local board of health. They can tell you where to go for testing and treatment.
- Follow your physician’s advice and keep up with the news on COVID-19. Between your physician and health care authorities, you’ll receive the care you need and latest information on how to prevent the virus from spreading.
How do I verify if it’s COVID-19, a cold, or the flu?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be equal to the flu or bad cold. Your physician will suspect COVID-19 if:
- You have high fever and a cough.
- You live in an area with the virus or have traveled to places where COVID-19 has spread.
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