Symptoms and Risk Factors
Most people who get COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you stay home if you have mild symptoms – such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. You can call your doctor to see if you need medical care.
The illness can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system, adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women, or those with underlying respiratory problems.
Do you have a pre-existing medical condition?
Are you immunocompromised?
Are you 65 or older?
Are you pregnant?
If so, you may need to take some extra precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.
What to Do
If you feel sick with a mild fever and/or cough, you should:
- • Call your primary care provider or urgent car for guidance.
- • Stay home and self-isolate for 7 days after symptom onset AND for an additional 3 days after recovery (recovery means resolution of a fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms).
- • There is usually no need to test if you only have mild symptoms and do not have underlying medical conditions.
If you experience shortness of breath along with fever and/or cough you should:
- • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to visit your medical provider, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and recent travel. In the event of an emergency call 911.
Anyone with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of severity and whether or not they are tested, should:
- • Avoid contact with others and practice social distancing (6’ between you and others).
- • Avoid travel when sick unless medically necessary.
- • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub in until fry if soap and water are not available.