3/24/2020 COVID-19 Update from Dr. Loyd

COVID-19: What to Do If You Feel Sick

  1. Stay home and call your doctor if needed.

Most people with COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care.Fever, cough, without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing? CDC says: STAY AT HOMESome people are at higher risk of getting very sick and should call their doctor if they have fever or cough:Age 65 and older Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility Have a high risk condition: Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma Heart disease with complications Compromised immune system (on chronic steroids, HIV, diabetes mellitus, etc.) Severe obesity- body mass index of 40 or greater Other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease (cirrhosis, Hepatitis B, C, etc.)Pregnancy? So far no data to show an increased risk for severe illness.Call your doctor or 911 right away if you have:Shortness of breath Difficulty BreathingChest pain or pressure ConfusionBlue lipsMost people do not need a test. Your doctor or health department can help you decide if you need a test. For people with mild symptoms, getting a test will not change the treatment (stay at home until 72 hours after you are better and don’t infect anyone else). Testing is most important for people who are seriously ill, high risk, healthcare provider, first responders caring for those with known COVID-19.

  1. Isolate yourself.

When can I go back to normal activities?When the answer to all 3 of these is YES:Has been at least 7 days since you first had symptomsHave been without a fever for 3 days (72 hours)Are other symptoms improved?What if I’m not sure if I have COVID-19?If you have fever and cough or other symptoms of respiratory illness, even if it’s not COVID-19, you should isolate yourself as if it is COVID-19. This will reduce the risk of making the people around you sick.What should my family members do?Anyone in your household who have had close contact with you should stay at home for 14 days. Close contact means within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7j015TOW88[/embedyt]Go to cedarrecovery.com/coronavirus to access our recommended resources.

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