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Here’s What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed To The Coronavirus

You’ve heard it over and over again, if you end up getting Coronavirus, you are supposed to be quarantined to eliminate the risk of exposing others.

Well, what happens if you THINK you might have it and it’s just mild symptoms?

Your first thought is probably to go to the doctor BUT you risk exposing it to others OR risk getting it if you truly didn’t have it.

So, here’s what you need to do…

What to do if you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

First and foremost, if you suspect your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider.

Call your child’s pediatrician’s office FIRST before heading into the clinic. They may have a specific protocol for handling this situation that you must follow to avoid spreading the virus.

In addition, keep your child away from other children and people until you know for sure whether or not they have been infected.

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed To The Coronavirus

Much like what you’d do if your child was exposed, the CDC recommends that if you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus, you need to contact your healthcare provider (your primary care doctor).

What to Do As You Await Further Instructions or Testing

According to the CDC you should:

As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

Wear a face mask.

Wash hands and avoid sneezing, coughing or anything near others.

Coronavirus Symptoms to Watch For

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath