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Coronavirus Concern — Confirmed or Suspected

You were evaluated in the emergency department with symptoms concerning for infection with coronavirus COVID-19. COVID-19 is a new strain of a common viral illness. While a diagnosis of coronavirus may feel scary, most cases of coronavirus are mild and resolve on their own without hospitalization. At this time, we feel that you are safe to go home.

Steps to take at home to care for yourself:

  • Get lots of rest and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • You can take acetaminophen (eg, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (eg, Motrin or Advil) for fevers or body aches. There are no proven treatments for mild COVID-19 infection.
  • If you have questions, call your primary care doctor, contact your local health department, or visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
  • Speak with your primary care doctor within two weeks to discuss a plan to follow up.

How to avoid spreading the virus to others:

  • Stay at home, except if seeking medical care.
  • Cover your coughs (with a tissue or in your elbow) and avoid touching your face unnecessarily.
  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for 20 seconds) to decrease your risk of infecting others.
  • Try to avoid close contact with others in your home, including pets. If possible, use a different bathroom, and sleep in a separate room. If you must be near others, be sure to wear a face mask and wash your hands before interacting with them. Disinfect and avoid sharing commonly used items like phones, towels, and dishes with others.
  • If your COVID-19 test does not come back in the emergency department, please quarantine at home until you get the results back.
  • If a test was sent and is positive OR you were not tested, you may stop quarantine 10 days after you were tested as long as your symptoms have improved AND you have had no fever (without using medications) for at least 24 hours.
  • If your test was negative AND you have symptoms, talk to your primary doctor or local health department about when it is safe to end quarantine and whether you need further testing.

If you or those around you are concerned about COVID-19, call your primary care doctor for advice about steps to take. Your health system may have specific locations to go to for testing if you are not severely ill. This lowers the risk that you could catch a virus or pass it on in the emergency department waiting room.

Speak to your doctor or come back to the emergency department for new or worsening symptoms, such as severe headache, confusion, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or vomiting to the point that you cannot drink fluids. Review medication inserts (e.g., ibuprofen) for side effects and call the emergency department if you have any questions about the medications or care you received.

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