The most common symptoms of COVID 19 may include fever, cough and shortness of breath but other symptoms such as headache, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, rash and even gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea vomiting and/or diarrhea can occur. It is believed that these symptoms can develop between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
If you develop symptoms of COVID 19 you should do the following:
- Stay at home unless you need to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals as much as possible in your home, use a separate bathroom if possible
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask when around other people (sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before entering a healthcare providers office. Let another member of your household care for your pet if possible
- Cover your cough and sneezes
- Clean your hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that is more than 60% alcohol
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all high touch surfaces everyday (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones)
- Monitor your symptoms
- Avoid crowds especially in poorly ventilated areas
- Avoid all unessential travel
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Consult your provider of health care for recommendations on being tested and quarantining
- Seek immediate medical attention of you develop worsening cough, chest pain, shortness of breath or headache
If you have a fever you should self isolate until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Until you are fever free you should do the following:
- Restrict activities except for medical care (avoid work, school, public areas, public transportation, ride sharing)
- Follow all the directions above
- If you have a medical appointment call BEFORE and let your providers office know that you have a fever and your test results. Wear a facemask to the appointment and during the appointment
If you test positive for COVID 19
You will need to be isolated for 10 days starting with the first day of the onset of your symptoms and until the following has happened:
- You have no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
- Your symptoms have improved
You should continue to follow all the instructions outlined above for COVID19 symptoms while you are isolated. If you feel like you are developing worsening symptoms you should contact your health care.
If you test negative for COVID 19
There are two possible scenarios in which you could receive a negative test. Please follow the advice below that best fits your situation.
1) You have had no known exposure to a person who tested positive for Covid-19, and you test negative.
- Continue to practice the public health prevention measures required to prevent Covid-19 including washing your hands often and covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
2) You have been notified that you have been in contact with someone identified as being positive for Covid-19, but you currently test negative.
- While the test indicates that you are negative at the time you are being tested, because symptoms can occur within a broad amount of time following exposure, and infected individuals can be asymptomatic, it is important that you act with a greater sense of caution
- Current updated CDC recommendations are that you quarantine for 10 days from your contacts positive result. At the end of those 10 days you must be fever-free for 24hrs without the use of fever-reducing medications and no increase in symptoms. Depending upon available resources, you may also have the option of receiving a test at days 5-7. If this test is negative, you are released from quarantine at day 7 from the time of your contacts test results.
- Monitor for potential COVID symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing worsening symptoms you should contact your healthcare provider
- Continue following the public health prevention measures required to prevent Covid-19