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What to Do If You Think You Have COVID-19

If you think you have COVID-19 or you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, it is important that you get tested. You can make appointment for a COVID-19 test near you and be sure to get vaccinated.

    Common Symptoms of COVID-19

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    • A fever of 100.4 or higher
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • A new loss of smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Shortness of breath

    What To Do if You Have Symptoms

    Individuals with mild symptoms of COVID-19 are able to recover at home. It is important to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus to others.

    • Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
    • If you live with other people, practice home isolation, which means you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. As much as possible, limit contact with pets and animals in the home.
    • Continue to monitor your health.
    • If you go to the doctor’s office, it’s best to go alone to your appointment. Do not bring children or other family members unless you need assistance.

    When to Seek Emergency Care

    If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. If possible, call ahead to the emergency department to let them know.

    Emergency warning signs include:

    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Severe shortness of breath
    • New confusion or inability to rouse
    • High fever

    Who Should Get a COVID-19 Test

    • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
    • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
    • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department
    • If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, get a test. And be sure to schedule a vaccine appointment.