The most pressing issue across the globe right now is the matter of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how the disease can be contained. While its magnitude can be daunting, it is important to know that there are everyday things we can do in order to help prevent it from spreading. This begins with an understanding of the symptoms and what to do if you begin to experience them. 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 Coronavirus have symptoms ranging from mild to severe. A person may start to see symptoms between two and 14 days after their exposure. This can include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Those who have a severe case can develop emergency warning signs. In the event of this, they should 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 Do I Do if I I’ve Been Exposed?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to the disease, it is important to implement the following safety measures to not only take care of yourself but limit it from spreading and infecting others. This includes the following:

  • Stay home and avoid public areas/transportation.
  • Engage in 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 other people
  • Cover your face if you cough or sneeze, wash your hands immediately after doing so, and dispose of used tissues
  • Clean your hands with soap and water as well as 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