How can I know if I have COVID-19, the flu, or a cold?
Symptoms can look the same as the seasonal flu or common cold: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia.
Or, you might not have any symptoms.
Studies show that in children, the symptoms are milder, and slightly different than adults. They may have a sore throat, diarrhea, or a runny or stuffy nose.
Symptoms could appear within two days of exposure, or up to 14 days following exposure.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, nor will any natural health products.
The only way to know you have COVID-19, is to be tested by a local health care provider.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you’re under 50 years old and generally healthy, stay home. Do NOT go to the hospital. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will get better all on their own.
BUT if you’re older, have a compromised immune system, or are experiencing shortness of breath, yes – please do go to the hospital.
Don’t just drop in on your health care provider. They need a chance to get ready for your arrival -- call ahead to your primary care physician, walk-in clinic, or hospital emergency department. They’ll ask you to wear a mask, and you should expect to be isolated while you wait.
Be ready for when you see a doctor. Tell them your symptoms, where you’ve been traveling, if you’ve had direct contact with animals, or close contact with someone who’s sick – especially if they have fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
NOTE: some people have zero symptoms, but still test positive.
Who’s at risk?
Anyone aged 65 or older.
Anyone with a compromised immune system.
Anyone with underlying medical conditions.
What if I test positive for COVID-19 but they send me home?
You must self-isolate. Stay home, keep away from everyone – even family members.
The virus can travel up to six feet, so if possible, maintain separate bathrooms and separate bedrooms.
What if my child is sick?
So far, children have not become very sick from COVID-19. Most healthy kids will be fine in a few days. But if your child is sick, keep them at home. DO NOT send them to school. Or anywhere.