What You Should Know
Caring for Yourself and Others
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes or lung cancer seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Watch for Symptoms
Know the symptoms of COVID-19. People have reported a wide range of symptoms that may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
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Take action if you’re sick or experiencing symptoms. Stay in touch with your doctor. Follow these steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. Learn More
Learn if you are at higher risk for severe illness. People over 65 and those with certain medical conditions need to take extra precautions. Learn More
Call Your Doctor First if You Need Medical Care
Your doctor will determine what care you need, and where you should get it.
- Most people will have a mild case of COVID-19 and can recover at home.
- Many medical visits are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other patients as well as health care workers.
- Call your doctor and ask if you should come in for a routine doctor’s appointment. Many doctors’ offices are recommending that patients postpone those visits until the outbreak is better under control. If your appointment cannot be postponed, call your doctor to get any special instructions on how to proceed.
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