The health of our community is our number one priority. We hope you are staying safe out there. But we also understand that there is increased anxiety right now around illness and possible symptoms (it is allergy season, after all). So, what do you do if you think you’re sick and/or been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19)?
We’ve compiled a handy cheat sheet for just such a circumstance. We hope you won’t have to use it, but just in case, here are some resources we’ve curated from the CDC and local health departments.
What To Do If You're Sick
- Don’t panic. Generally, the disease is spread from person to person. If you have not been within six feet of someone who has it, your chances of contracting it are low.
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider before seeking care.
- Stay home: here are the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you’re sick as well as caring for yourself at home.
- Plan a video visit: consult with your insurance provider and/or local CVS for pricing/options.
- Only call 911 if you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or are having an emergency (make sure to tell them about your symptoms and travel history).
For additional COVID-19 questions, call a public information line: The Washington Post includes a list of numbers for DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Remember, the CDC-recommended best practices for avoiding the spread of a virus: Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. If soap isn't available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands. Use a tissue or your elbow instead.
This YNPNdc content was created for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice.