Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure, and include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
If you’re showing any of these symptoms, Highmark’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker can help you decide if it’s time to seek medical care and advise you on what your next steps should be.
Listen to Signs & Symptoms, What to Look for, Where to Go on Confronting COVID-19 podcast.
On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Contact your doctor, health care provider, or local county health department. They will use CDC guidelines to determine if testing is warranted.
Behavioral health experts share tips on how to talk with your children about Coronavirus, coping strategies and how to ease household anxiety. For additional resources, visit NCTSN.org.
Listen to Communicating with your children on Confronting COVID-19 podcast.
Yes, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are hard to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other public areas. We now know from recent studies that many people with Coronavirus can transmit the virus to others even if they don’t have symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting closely —for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not showing symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings.
No, the CDC’s recommends making face masks from household items. Simple cloth face coverings help slow the spread of the virus, especially in community settings. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be saved for health care workers or first responders.
To learn how to make a mask with household items, visit the CDC guide.
Yes, you should still practice social distancing and wash your hands when wearing a face mask. A cloth face mask helps prevent you from spreading the virus, but isn’t designed to protect you from others.
Estimates range between 6-18 months. No vaccine is currently available.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel. If you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19, contact your primary care doctor immediately.
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