Are you worrying that you have COVID-19 every time you cough or sneeze? Are you giving people on the street the side-eye when they clear their throat?

That’s okay. We’re living in strange times right now.

As the coronavirus pandemic is evolving daily, our  teams update this content regularly so you know what to look out for and what to do. Check back often!

First, a  lesson in virology terms:

    Coronavirus: a family of viruses that usually cause upper respiratory illnesses
    “The novel coronavirus” or SARS-CoV-2: the virus that’s currently at the forefront of everyone’s mind
    COVID-19: the disease that is caused by SARS-CoV-2

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Main symptoms:

    Fever
    Dry cough
    Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms:

    Loss of smell / taste (this usually precedes any other symptoms)
    Body aches
    Sore throat
    Headache
    Chills
    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Call your doctor for advice if you think you’ve been exposed to coronavirus and develop a fever or cough. If you don’t have a primary care physician, call your  local hospital.

Due to the limited availability of test kits, your doctor will only test you if necessary. If he decides not to test you, he will likely advise you to self-isolate at home until your symptoms are gone.
Are there any alarming symptoms I should look out for?

If you’re having a hard time taking full, deep breaths or are experiencing discomfort in your chest / ribcage, call your doctor, even if you don’t think you’ve been exposed to coronavirus.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, go to the hospital immediately:

    Difficulty breathing
    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    New confusion or inability to wake
    Bluish lips or face

What can I do to treat this at home?

    Hydrate. Make sure you pee at least every 8 hours. Popsicles are a great way to get fluids in and alleviate sore throat – even for adults!

    Don’t overdress. Make sure you stay cool!

    Use an air humidifier. Moist air can help with cough, sore throat and stuffiness.

    How do I prevent others from getting this?

    Stay home until symptoms completely gone. If you have the option of telecommuting, now is the time to do it. Here are some tips to make working from home maximally productive.

    Cover coughs and sneezes. Keep tissues and a lined trash can by your bedside. Cough or sneeze directly into a tissue and toss that tissue into the trash after you’re done. Wash your hands right after.

    Avoid sharing personal items. This is a no-brainer. One utensil set, one person. One glass, one person. If you’re sick, make sure you have your own towel and set of bedding too.

    Wear a cloth or surgical face mask (fitted N95 masks should be reserved for our front line healthcare providers). If you’re sick, cozy and alone in your bedroom, no need to wear a mask. Put it on when you’re interacting with your family members.

    Self-quarantine in one bedroom. This keeps germs isolated to one area of your house. Designate a bathroom for yourself too.

    Limit contact with pets. Little is known about whether the virus can spread to (or from) pets. In light of this uncertainty, designate another caretaker for your pet until your symptoms have subsided.

    If you need to leave your home for essential activities, like grocery shopping, wear a non-medical, cloth face mask. This is primarily to prevent unknowing spread of the virus, as many people who have it can be asymptomatic. If you’re having a difficult time getting your hands on a mask, you can make one at home.

How long should I stay at home?

Stay home until it’s been a full 3 days with no symptoms and a full 10 days since symptoms started. If you’ve gotten an official coronavirus test, your doctor may ask you to take 2 additional tests and wait for them to come back negative before leaving your house.
I’m still a bit worried. Are there other resources I can keep my eye on?

You bet! Good resources from reputable news outlets can change day-by-day, so we recommend this page from the Department of Health. They update it as they learn more!

Continue to wash hands, avoid the face, disinfect and monitor your temp. Stay alert but don’t panic. Your choice to stay at home is a public service! By self-isolating during this uncertain time, you’re exposing fewer people to whatever bug you have and keeping your community well.