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We have received lots of questions about seeking care for respiratory symptoms.
COVID-19 testing will not detect on people who are not sick. We must save these tests for the people needing them most: the sickest people who are healthcare providers and first responders, people older than 60 years old (priority to those who living in residential facilities), people who have underlying health problems who would have complications if infected by COVID-19, clusters of respiratory illness (especially those living in nursing homes and other long-term-care and group situations), and hospitalized people who have no alternative diagnosis.
If you are having mild symptoms and feel like you do not need medical assistance, please. Stay. Home. COVID-19 is a virus and should be treated like any other virus: rest, fluids, treat the fever, and, of course, wash your hands and do all you can to not spread illness to the people around you. The current recommendations for people NOT needing immediate medical care (including COVID-19) include: staying home for 7 days AND being fever-free without having to treat it with medicine for 72 hours, whatever comes LAST-these people need to stay home a minimum of 7 days to prevent spreading the illness.
Tylenol is the medicine of choice to treat fever; ibuprofen has been known to make breathing worse. Please call your healthcare provider if you have questions about medicine to treat fever and other symptoms.
Of course, if your symptoms do worsen and you feel like you can’t manage your symptoms on your own, please DO call your healthcare provider for further assistance. Taking all the precautions we can take now will help them give the best care they are already giving to us.