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March 15, 2020 – You develop a little cough. Maybe you’re feeling run down. Maybe you feel you might have a low-grade fever. You are starting to think you have Coronavirus. What do you do?
The first thing YOU DO NOT DO is go to the ER, Urgent Care or show up at your doctor’s office. State health officials and the CDC say doing so can only put you and others at risk.
So what do you do?:
If you think you might have Coronavirus, the first thing to do is CALL your health care provider. If you have mild symptoms, your healthcare provider may ask you to self-quarantine and avoid contact with others. Feeling symptoms does not mean you will be tested for the virus.
Why? Because there are people who need to be tested more than you.
Criteria for testing has indeed expanded as of March 12th due to community spread, meaning you maybe haven’t traveled recently or haven’t been in contact with someone who is infected. But this doesn’t mean symptoms alone will warrant a test. Until recently, tests were in short supply. IDPH recently announced the approval of several private labs that will increase the number of tests performed. But your healthcare provider will still likely follow testing criteria.
When you call your healthcare provider, you will be asked questions to determine your need for a test. Those criteria now include:
Fever and signs of lower respiratory illness ( cough/ shortness of breath)
AND any of the following epidemiologic or other factors:
If you are a healthy individual that does not meet these guidelines, the Illinois Department of Public Health advises you to stay home, distance yourself from others, practice good hygiene and treat yourself for symptoms as you would the flu. That includes staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and (if advised by your physician) taking over the counter medicine to reduce fever and symptoms.
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