Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 30, 2020

What you need to know

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by The Press in Local News

PREVENTION

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.

• Clean surfaces frequently.

• If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

SYMPTOMS

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs:

• Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs:

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion or inability to arouse

• Bluish lips or face

Note: This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

IF YOU ARE SICK

• Stay home and call your doctor

• Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

• If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.

• Know when to get emergency help

• Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.