Update, June 27, 2020:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of coronavirus symptoms in late June to include runny nose, nausea and diarrhea. Read more here.
The CDC also updated its guidance on face coverings, and it now recommends them for people over the age of 2 who are in public settings where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing recommendations of 6 feet or more between people. That includes places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
Since the publication of this article, the CDC has updated other guidance related to COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Original story, Mar. 6, 2020:
Officials used the announcement of Indiana’s first case of coronavirus to remind people what they should do if they believe they have symptoms of the virus.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the virus, known formally as COVID-19, include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Indiana’s first COVID-19 patient had mild cases of all those symptoms.
If I have these symptoms, does it mean I have coronavirus?
Coronavirus and influenza have similar symptoms. Both can cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Both illnesses can come with mild or severe symptoms, and in rare cases both can be fatal.
What should you do if you have symptoms?
State and local health officials stressed during a Friday news conference that anyone with symptoms should call their doctor or hospital before seeking care. Advanced notice allows healthcare providers to prepare for the patient’s arrival and reduce exposure to medical staff and other patients.
How to quarantine: What you should know
Aside from seeking medical care, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or other contagious illnesses should stay home and reduce their exposure to others.
How can I avoid contracting coronavirus?
Officials echoed the new golden rule of health: wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia Caine also said people should avoid shaking hands and hugging.
Other suggestions include: covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throwing the tissue in the trash; disinfect frequently touches objects and surfaces; and avoid contact with people who are sick.
Do I need a face mask?
The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a face mask. Masks are used by people who have COVID-19 to protect others from the risk of infection.