What To Do If You Think You Have Been Exposed
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor for medical advice. By calling ahead to your doctor before going in for care, you allow the medical facility to take the right steps to protect themselves and other patients.
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness
- People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
- Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
If you believe you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1.