Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to Protect Yourself and Symptoms

By: Emerson Carey, Jr., Attorney, Carey & Dobson, LLC; Atlanta, Georgia

Everyone is in danger of contracting the deadly virus, COVID-19. It has introduced itself into our lives like nothing we have seen before. At this point, everyone knows somebody who has been affected by the virus. Here are some suggestions that have been offered by our health professionals and government on how to keep you and your family safe during these unprecedented times.

Symptoms

The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses. These symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. The emergency warning signs include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. PLEASE NOTE that this list is not all-inclusive.

Higher Risks

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Those people who are aged 65 years and older live in a nursing home, or long-term care facility is deemed higher risk. People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease.

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.

If you are Sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.

Legal Disclaimer:
Yes, I am an attorney, but I’m not your attorney and this article does not create an attorney-client relationship. I am licensed to practice law in Georgia and have based the information presented on US laws. This article is legal information and should not be seen as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information.