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10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home

Posted on: March 21, 2020

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. They may tell you to manage your care from home.

Follow these tips shared by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as of March 22, 2020, in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. Stay home from work, school and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing or taxis.
  2. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider immediately.
  3. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  4. If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  5. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  6. Cover your cough and sneezes.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  8. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.
  9. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels and bedding.
  10. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

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