What to expect if you experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Degree of Urgency
When a patient calls, nurses will determine how sick a patient may be, including, temperature, shortness of breath, and co-existing chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or a lung condition. Co-existing conditions may increases risk for complications.
Mild Symptoms: Healthcare systems will ask you to stay home and keep in contact with changes in symptoms.
Moderate Symptoms: Respiratory symptoms may require a visit (Follow Nurses Orders)
Severe Symptoms: Anyone who thinks they have the virus should call their doctor, urgent care center, or emergency room before heading into a waiting room. The CDC advises case by case regarding healthcare decisions. Patients who pass the initial phone triage may be asked to come in and given masks, separated, and sent to different parts of a clinic or may be required to wait in their cars until it's time to be seen.
Any patient with fever, cough, and shortness of breath presenting with a history of travel to countries with high ongoing transmission or a credible history of exposure should be promptly evaluated.
Tests That May Be Administered:
Clinical Clues for COVID-19 include...
Discharge (Leaving the Hospital)
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DO THE FIVE Help stop coronavirus
Know How it Spreads
Take steps to protect yourself
Avoid close contact
Take steps to protect others
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Clean and disinfect