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What to do if you feel sick and think it's Covid-19

The symptoms: Fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Self-observation: Those with symptoms should take their temperature. If it’s above 100.4 degrees, self-isolate, limit contact with others and seek advice by calling their primary care provider, an urgent care center if they have no regular doctor, or if unsuccessful, the Erie County COVID-19 line at 716-858-2929.

Self-monitoring: If symptoms continue, take your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If this happens, reach out again to your primary provider or county health department. They will decide at this point if a COVID-19 test is warranted and tell you how you can get one.

Self-monitoring with delegated supervision: Those in the health or service fields who are on the job should self-monitor with oversight by the appropriate occupational health or infection control program in coordination with the health department of jurisdiction. The plan should include instructions for notifying the occupational health and local public health authority, and transportation arrangements to a pre-designated hospital if medically necessary, with advance notice if fever, cough or difficulty breathing occur.

Close contact: Being within approximately 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 disease for a prolonged period of time – including close contact that can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with someone infected – raises the risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. Those who develop symptoms should take the steps above.

Source: Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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