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Wash hands, wear masks: CDC gives advice on what to do if you’re sick

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COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Updates
 2020-03-25

These are the key actions and precautions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The full page is on cdc.gov.

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1. Call your doctor

  • If you developed a fever and symptoms like cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor or healthcare provider.

2. Stay home and away from others

  • If possible, isolate yourself to a room and use a separate bathroom.
  • Avoid/Limit contact with pets/animals and people. There aren’t reports of animals becoming sick with coronavirus, but the impact is uncertain until more information is known.

3. Wear a facemask

  • Wear a facemask when you’re around other people. 

4.  Cover, dispose, and wash

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose of used tissues, paper towels, etc. in a lined trash can.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Here is video shows What You Need To Know About Handwashing

5. Clean & disinfect

  • Clean & disinfect “high-touch” surfaces everyday: phones and keyboards, remote controls, counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, tabletops, etc.
  • Clean with soap and water, then use a household disinfectant (most EPA-registered, household disinfectants should be effective).

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If you develop emergency warning signs for coronavirus, get help immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Blue-ish lips or face

This list is NOT inclusive. Contact and keep in touch with your doctor regularly.

Source: cdc.gov “What To Do if You Are Sick”

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