What Do I Need to Know About Symptoms of the Coronavirus?

What Do I Need to Know About Symptoms of the Coronavirus?

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) first came about, the comparisons for symptoms were simply the flu. However, as it is becoming a pressing issue that is impacting our everyday lives, it is important to be aware of what we can do to help limit its exposure. This begins by understanding the symptoms of the disease so that you know what to look for. 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 experienced a range of mild to severe symptoms. These can begin anywhere between two and 14 days after their exposure. This can include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is also possible for those who have a severe case to develop emergency warning signs. If they do, it is important that they seek out 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 Can I Do if I’ve Been Exposed?

Individuals who are sick and believe they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to the illness should implement the following safety measures in order to protect themselves and others:

  • 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 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 and use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Do not share personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, etc.
  • Clean surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
  • Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to worsen
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