Here are some general rules from the World Health Organization on how to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away.
- Stay away from anyone who has a fever or cough.
- Don’t share cups or utensils with anyone.
- If you have a fever or cough, see your doctor right away.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.
People who could get seriously sick from COVID-19 include:
Reduce your risk
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
If you develop emergency warning signs, seek medical attention immediately.
Have a plan
If you are an at-risk person, it is recommended to have a plan for if you are to get sick.
Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
Determine a caregiver, and who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick.
MetroHealth is currently not testing for COVID-19. If you feel that you may have come down with the symptoms, feel free to call us for tips or the Florida Department of Health for assistance. Testing has been made free in the United States.