Discussions revolving the Coronavirus disease have been almost impossible to miss as of late. With growing concerns of the illness spreading, it is important for everyone to be aware of its symptoms so that we further prevent it. 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 began with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Those who have been exposed may begin to experience symptoms between tow and 14 days afterwards. This can include the following:
- Shortness of breath
In the event of a severe case, those infected may develop emergency warning signs. If this occurs, they should seek medical treatment immediately. Emergency warning signs can include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
What Steps Can I Take After Exposure?
If you have been exposed to the Coronavirus and begin to experience symptoms, it is important to follow the proper safety procedures to protect yourself and others. This includes the following:
- Stay home, avoid public areas, and avoid public 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 personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, etc.
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
- Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to worsen