CDC Advises on Actions to Take if you Think you Have Coronavirus Symptoms
Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control advises.
Symptoms associated with the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and can appear up to two weeks after exposure.
More than 100 cases of the virus have been reported in about a dozen U.S.A states, and health officials fear that the number may rapidly increase.
The CDC says it is important to call your doctor before visiting their office to ensure prior preparation. The doctor will then work with health authorities to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary.
CDC officials say test kits are limited in number, and not all those who show symptoms can be tested.
When you get to your doctor, be prepared to explain how you think you have been exposed, whether through traveling or through contact with an infected person.
CDC also advises those confirmed to have the virus to observe the following precautions to prevent the spread of the virus:
Stay in Isolation – Remain at home unless you want to seek medical attention. While at home, use a specific room and separate bathroom if possible. You should remain in home isolation until a health officer advises you otherwise.
Wear a face mask – At any time you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office, ensure you have a face mask on.
Practise Hygiene – Wash your hands using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Refrain from Sharing Personal Items – Do not share personal items such as towels, cups, bedding with other people.
Clean High Touch Surfaces – Keep high-touch surfaces like counters, phone, bedside tables or other surfaces that may be contaminated with body fluids clean.
Seek Medical Attention in case you think the symptoms are getting worse.