What To Do and Not Do If You Think You Have Coronavirus
There are some vital steps you should take if you think you have coronavirus.
According to the CDC, symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately, the CDC says. 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 think you have coronavirus, it's vital you call your healthcare provider before heading to a medical center. The reason, you are putting the medical staff at risk if you have coronavirus and show up unannounced.
"If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients," the CDC writes.
Last week the first Orange County resident tested positive for coronavirus. The person was a patient at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in the City of Newburgh. The hospital later furloughed a number of its workers, officials confirmed.
"If you suspect that you are infected with coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone with coronavirus, do not go to the hospital or to your doctor. You could infect other people including much-needed healthcare workers. Contact your local health department and follow their advice," Orange Regional Medical Center writes on its website.
On Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York State ordered co-pays to be eliminated for coronavirus telehealth consultations.
"If you’re feeling sick, use #Telehealth services *before* going to the doctor’s office, Urgent Care, or the ER. It keeps you safer, and it keeps those around you safer. NYS has ordered co-pays to be eliminated for telehealth consultations," Cuomo tweeted.