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What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease

If you are sick with COVID-19, the virus also known as coronavirus, or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, here steps to help prevent the spread of the disease, from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness. That includes coughing or difficulty breathing, and if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.

Stay home, unless you’re getting care: That means avoiding public transportation, work, schools, and public gathering areas.

When going to the doctor, phone first: Call ahead and explain to your healthcare professional you may be exposed to coronavirus. That way, your healthcare provider’s office can take steps to helping other people from getting infected or exposed.

Isolate at home: If you can, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from other people in your house. Avoid contact with pets, too.

Wash your hands: There’s a reason this advice is found in any coronavirus or flu explainer. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean high-touch surfaces: High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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