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Most people who get COVID-19 will recover with time and home care. Here are some things to know if you're caring for someone who's sick.
Common symptoms include a fever, coughing, and feeling short of breath. Urge the person to get extra rest and drink plenty of fluids to replace fluids lost from fever.
To reduce a fever, offer acetaminophen (such as Tylenol). It may also help with muscle aches. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
The person may need medical care if they're getting sicker (for example, if it's hard to breathe). But call the doctor's office before you go. They can tell you what to do.
Call 911 or emergency services if the person has any of these symptoms:
Some people are more likely to get very sick and need medical care. Call the doctor as soon as symptoms start if the person you're caring for is over 65, smokes, or has a serious health problem, like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or an immune system problem.
The virus spreads easily from person to person, so take extra care to avoid catching or spreading the infection.
Current as of:
June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family MedicineLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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