What Do I Do If I Get Sick?
What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?
- Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Illness can range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. According to the World Health Organization, some reports show that coronavirus can be spread by people not showing symptoms.
If I feel sick, what do I do?
If you have symptoms or believe you have or were exposed to coronavirus, do not leave your home unless it is to receive medical care, and stay isolated at home. Avoid public areas, and remain isolated from other people and pets, even those you live with, whenever possible.
Should I get tested?
For many people, the illness caused by coronavirus will be mild. You may not need to be tested, and you can recover at home without medical attention. If you are unsure of your condition, consult your doctor or health provider to help you determine what to do. You can also get tested for COVID-19 at multiple locations throughout Connecticut.
If you are experiencing any of the emergency warning signs (listed below), you should seek medical attention as soon as possible:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or remain awake
- Bluish lips or face
Where can I get tested?
211 of Connecticut has an up to date list of locations conducting COVID-19 tests. Please note, a doctor's order is not required to receive a test from any of these sites, but many locations do require scheduling an appointment in advance.
Testing is also available at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf in New Haven. All patients seeking to be tested must pre-register in advance online.
Will insurance cover a coronavirus test?
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Departments of Labor and the Treasury, coronavirus testing and some related services are available at no cost. People may still need to pay other related health care costs.
What is the recommended treatment for coronavirus?
According to the CDC, there is no know cure or vaccine for coronavirus. Not all patients with COVID-19 require medical care. Hospitalized patients receive supportive care for complications, including respiratory failure, septic shock, and organ failure.
How long is someone carrying the virus contagious?
The exact amount of time someone infected with coronavirus is contagious is not known. The CDC says people who are infected who stayed in self quarantine at home can stop isolating under several conditions:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared.
- At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medicine.
- Symptoms have improved.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 but do not develop symptoms should also stay at home in quarantine for ten days after the test. Depending on your healthcare provider and availability of tests, you may need to get tested again to see if you still test positive.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure. Here’s how to self quarantine at home.
What can I expect if I’m diagnosed?
What’s the best case scenario? The majority of infected people in countries with widespread outbreak have had mild to moderate illness similar to that of a bad cold or the flu. Most have recovered without medical attention.
What’s the worst case scenario? Older adults, people with Asthma, people with HIV, and those with serious underlying medical conditions are more at-risk of hospitalization, complications, and death.
What does self quarantine mean?
If you think you may have coronavirus, you should be prepared to self-quarantine in your home for up to two weeks. Here’s how you do that.
What are the differences between coronavirus and flu?
While primary symptoms of both COVID-19 and flu include fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath, and both are thought to be spread primarily through close contact with droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of a sick person, data from China shows people infected with coronavirus may infect more people than those with the flu infect on average. Research suggests this may be related to presymptomatic transmission of coronavirus - when people have been infected with the virus are not yet showing symptoms, but they are still contagious. Flu, by contrast, is most contagious three or four days after symptoms begin. Data also points to a higher percentage of severe versus mild/ moderate cases of coronavirus compared to flu, and a higher mortality rate for coronavirus. Presently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Read more.
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