As more people across the country test positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, it’s important to know what to do if you think you have the virus.
Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of flu, and the differentiation of the two diseases can be found in this post: 4 Warning Signs of Coronavirus, And How It Differs from Flu:
If you develop mild flu-like symptoms, and think you may have COVID-19 because, for example, you have recently contacted with someone who has been diagnosed as the disease or come back from an infected area, call your doctor or your local health department and tell them your reason.
Your doctor will then work with the state and CDC to decide if you should be tested.
Note that you shouldn’t go to your doctor’s office directly without an appointment, because it will give your health care provider the ability to keep other people there from being exposed.
And if you have made an appointment and is going to see your doctor, remember to wear a face mask to avoid contagion.
If you have shortness in breath or other breathing problems, CDC recommends calling 911 and letting them know you have respiratory problems and need to be isolated and seen right away.
If you are diagnosed to have coronavirus but your symptoms are mild, you can isolate at home. Separate yourself from the others who live there, including your pets. Do not have any direct contact with your families, and remember to air your room every day.
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough, sneeze or blow your nose, and then immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
You can find tips on recovery and washing hands in these two articles.
How the Chinese Girl Recovered From the New Coronavirus:
You May Be Washing Your Hands All Wrong, Which Can’t Stop Coronavirus Spread: