- Although you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you do not currently have any symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms start on the average 5 days after the last exposure. The onset can range from 2 to 14 days.
- Since it’s been less than 14 days, you are still at risk for coming down with COVID-19.
- You need to watch for symptoms until 14 days have passed.
- Stay at home and follow this medical advice.
- You do not have any symptoms.
- You do not need to call your doctor unless you become sick.
- Doctor’s offices, health departments and nurse advice lines have become overwhelmed with calls about sick patients.
- You can find the answers to most of your questions here or online.
- Measure your temperature 2 times each day.
- Do this until 14 days after your exposure to COVID-19.
- Report any fevers to your doctor.
- Early detection of symptoms and quarantine is the only way to reduce spread of the disease.
Self-Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms
- The most common symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath (trouble breathing).
- Less common symptoms are chills, shivering (shaking), sore throat, muscle pain, headache, loss of smell or taste.
- Rare symptoms are red or purple toes (“COVID toes”).
- If any of these symptoms occur, report them to your doctor.
- Early detection of symptoms and home isolation is the only way to reduce spread of the disease.
Home Quarantine: How to do it
- Quarantine means restricting people who were exposed to a contagious disease from contact with others who are well. They are monitored closely to see if they become sick (CDC).
- The level of quarantine needed for an exposed person who has no symptoms, may depend on the degree of exposure. So for now:
- Stay at home.
- Do Not allow any visitors (such as friends).
- Do Not go to school or work.
- Do Not go to stores, restaurants, places of worship or other public places.
- Avoid public transportation or ride sharing.
- Other family members are not on quarantine unless the exposed person becomes sick (has symptoms).
Call Your Doctor If:
- Fever occurs.
- Cough or trouble breathing occurs
- Other symptoms occur
Author: Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP
Copyright: Copyright 2020. Updated 7/9/2020.
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