As the issue of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become an ever increasing and pressing concern in the last few months, it is important to know what signs to look out for in the event that you begin to become sick. While it is frequently compared to the flu, there are differences. 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?
Reported cases of the Coronavirus disease have begin with a range of mild to severe symptoms. These can begin anywhere from two to 14 days after the individual’s initial exposure. Symptoms can include the following:
- Shortness of breath
In the event of severe cases, those infected can experience emergency warning signs. When this happens, they should receive immediate medical attention. 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?
Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and begin to experience symptoms can play a major part in preventing the disease from spreading. 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