Coronavirus: Things to KnowDesert Doctors
A respiratory illness that can be spread person-to-person
- Shortness of Breath
What to do, if you have developed symptoms:
- CALL your healthcare provider, immediate care or emergency room and relay your symptoms, as well as any known exposure to the Coronavirus, or if you or someone you’ve been in contact with recently traveled outside of the country (within last 14 days). They will advise you on next steps in receiving the appropriate care.
- If symptoms require you to call 911, relay your symptoms to the dispatcher so the emergency response personnel can be prepared to triage your needs.
Prevention suggestions from the CDC and World Health Organization:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
- Avoid close contact (less than 3 feet) with people. Stay home as much as possible.
- Only wear a mask if you exhibit respiratory symptoms or are a caregiver for someone exhibiting respiratory symptoms.