The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a prevalent issue in just about everyone’s life over the last few months. While many people have compared the symptoms of the illness to that of the flu, it is important to understand the difference in order to be proactive and ensure the best possible health. If you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus and begin to develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of the reported Coronavirus cases in the world have varied from mild to severe. A person who experienced exposure to the illness can begin to see symptoms between two and 14 days after the fact. Symptoms to look out for can include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In addition to this, those who have severe cases can begin to experience emergency warning signs. It is important to look out for these, as individuals with these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs can include but are not limited to:

  • 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 Think I’ve Been Exposed?

If you are feeling sick and believe you are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, there are simple safety measures that you can implement in order to protect yourself and prevent the disease from spreading. This can include

  • Stay home, avoid public areas, and avoid public transportation.
  • Socially distance yourself and stay away from others as well as limit contact with pets and animals.
  • Call ahead before going to see your doctor
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick or caring for others
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with your elbows, wash your hands immediately, and get rid of all used tissues
  • Clean your hands often with both soap and water often
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Do not share personal items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, and more with others.
  • Regularly clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, appliances, bathrooms, etc.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to worsen