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What to do if you think you’re sick with COVID-19

  • CALL your doctor
  • Or, call any urgent-care clinic
  • Or, call a COVID-19 Hotline (here’s a list)
  • Do NOT go anywhere
  • Do NOT leave your home unless instructed to do so by a medical professional
  • Do NOT show up at a hospital or clinic uninvited

If you’re beginning to feel the symptoms associated with COVID-19—a dry cough, a fever, and shortness of breath—you need to act quickly, but please do not go anywhere unless you are instructed to do so by a medical professional.

Why not go to the doctor or hospital immediately?

If you do have COVID-19, you risk transmitting it to others anywhere you go.  If you walk into a doctor’s office, clinic or an emergency room, you could infect others. With a simple phone call, a doctor will ask questions to determine how serious your condition is and advise if testing or medical attention is required.  If your symptoms are mild, you may be advised to simply stay at home. Either way, try to remain calm.

If you do need to be tested, where you live will determine how that happens.  Some cities have drive-through testing locations. Here’s a handy guide to how all 50 states are handling the ability to test for coronavirus.

Sources: CDC, NBC News, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Dept. of Public Health, Policymed.com 


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