What should I do if...I think I have symptoms of COVID-19.

Unless you have recently traveled to one of the areas (a searchable list of countries is available on the CDC website) with known cases of COVID-19 or had recent close contact with someone who has a known case of COVID-19, your symptoms are more likely to be due to the common cold or flu. 

However, viruses can spread quickly, and the best practices for avoiding spreading respiratory infections include staying at home if possible, washing your hands frequently and with proper technique, and consulting with a doctor or other qualified medical professional if your symptoms worsen or if you have other medical problems.

Note that information and guidance regarding COVID-19 are developing rapidly, and you should continue referring to the CDC website to stay up to date on the latest developments. 

According to the CDC at the time of this writing, exposure to novel coronavirus is possible if you have recently traveled to any of the areas with known cases of COVID-19 (a searchable list of countries is available on the CDC website), or if you have been in close contact with someone who has a known case of COVID-19. If neither of the above is true, you are unlikely to have been exposed to novel coronavirus. However, viruses can spread quickly, so it is possible that at some point these criteria may change. 

If you think you might have been exposed based on the current criteria and you don’t have any symptoms like cough, fever/chills, or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends separating yourself from other people (quarantine) for 14 days from the last date you were potentially exposed. (14 days is suggested because it is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses.)

Note that information and guidance regarding COVID-19 are developing rapidly, and you should continue referring to the CDC website to stay up to date on the latest developments. 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html 

 

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