What to Do if You Are Sick

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate. Patients usually recover with rest and time. However, symptoms may become severe, especially if you are older or have certain pre-existing conditions. The following information is based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on what to do if you are sick.

Mild to Moderate Symptoms

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

  • Fever

  • Coughing

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Chills/repeated shaking with chills

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste and smell

  • New Runny nose or congestion

  • Vomiting or Diarrhea

Emergency Symptoms

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

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Blueish lips or face

If you are experiencing any of the emergency symptoms listed above, seek medical help immediately.

If you have mild to moderate symptoms:

  • Call your primary care provider and tell them your symptoms. Call before visiting your doctor.

  • Stay home and isolate yourself from others.

  • Do not go in public or use public transportation.

  • Where a facemask if you must be around other people.

  • Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently to help prevent spreading the virus.

If you have severe symptoms:

  • Call your primary care provider and make an appointment. Call before visiting your doctor.

  • Follow all medical advice.

  • Where a facemask if you must be around other people, including at your doctor's office. Stop using the facemask if you are having trouble breathing.

  • Continue to stay home (other than medical visits) and isolate yourself from others.

  • Continue to wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently to help prevent spreading the virus.

  • If you are having extreme symptoms, call 911.

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

Caroline County uses the CodeRED alert system to notify residents in emergency situations. We encourage ALL residents to sign up. However, it is particularly important if you only use a cell phone. By signing up, you grant permission to Caroline County government and its allied agencies to contact you via email, text, or voice call in the event of an emergency.