Taking Charge of Your Health

Dr. Paul Cieslak: We understand the concern around COVID-19:
we wonder whether our cough or sniffle could be a sign of this new illness. It’s good to keep in mind that symptoms like
that are very common, and when they show up, they’re more likely to be from the flu or
a common cold. If you do have symptoms like cough, fever
or shortness of breath, more than you get in a typical cold, contact your regular doctor
first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those
with the most critical needs. Treat any symptoms as you normally would. Get plenty of rest, drink fluids and take
over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and congestion. If you have a fever, cough or shortness of
breath and have traveled from affected geographic areas in the 14 days before your illness began
or you have been told by the health department that you had recent close contact with a confirmed
COVID-19 case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for this
new coronoavirus infection, call your healthcare provider promptly. They will give you instructions about how
to get care quickly without exposing others. If you are having difficulty breathing, it
doesn’t mean you have COVID-19, but you should call 911.

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