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Diagnosed with COVID-19 2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and everyone is at risk of infection. Individuals with a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 include:
Age 65 years and older.

Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
Have a high-risk medical condition including chronic lung disease, Press Release Distribution Services In Charlotte heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, or other underlying medical conditions.
When should I be tested?

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is information to help make decisions about seeking care or testing:

Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come into contact with.

Mecklenburg County Public Health will make COVID-19 evaluation/triage and testing available to all who need it in our community regardless of insurance coverage. Talk with your healthcare providers or call the Mecklenburg County Public Health hotline 980-314-9400 for more information. Call first before going to a medical office.

What if I feel sick?
Most people who get COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care.

Here is additional information if you begin to feel sick. To talk with a medical professional about evaluation and/or testing for COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or the Public Health hotline at 980-314-9400.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately and describe your symptoms and any known COVID-19 exposures.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or believe you may have the infection, you should isolate yourself and avoid contact with others as much as possible. You can leave home when you answer YES to ALL three questions:
Has it been at least 7 days since you first had symptoms?
Have you been without a fever for three days (72 hours) without any medicine for fever?
Are your other symptoms improved?
Here is additional information about isolation. Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms are getting worse or you have any concerns about your health.

Practice Good Hygiene
Please follow the following good hygiene practice to help Charlotte News  prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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