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COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Nova Health’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker is an easy to use, digital tool to help you get important information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), assess health symptoms for COVID-19 risk, and navigate to the most appropriate care setting.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is a new virus strain identified in December 2019. Little is known today about the virus, and there is no treatment. While some patients have experienced mild symptoms similar to those of the common cold and recover on their own with proper care and rest, others have experienced more severe, pneumonia-like symptoms that have required hospitalization. The most severe complications, including death, are most likely in those patients who are already immunocompromised.

What are the symptoms?

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

1. Fever

Have a high fever? Make an appointment with your provider to see if you might be at risk for the Coronavirus.

2. Cough

A persistent moderate or severe cough is another symptom to monitor closely.

3. Shortness of Breath

Have you been feeling a tightness in your chest or having difficulty breathing? Contact a medical professional immediately.

How does it spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

1. Human contact

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, especially between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), according to the CDC.

2. Respiratory droplets

The CDC also reports it can be transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

3. Hard surfaces

Hard surfaces can also host germs. Be sure to wipe down areas that are in contact with various people throughout the day.

How can we prevent it from spreading?

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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Consider carrying hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

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Stay at home if you’re feeling sick and for up to 24 hours after your symptoms go away.

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Get your flu shot if you haven’t done so yet.

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Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw away the tissue immediately.

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Wipe down surfaces that come in contact with multiple people.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is a new virus strain identified in December 2019. Little is known today about the virus, and there is no treatment. While some patients have experienced mild symptoms similar to those of the common cold and recover on their own with proper care and rest, others have experienced more severe, pneumonia-like symptoms that have required hospitalization. The most severe complications, including death, are most likely in those patients who are already immunocompromised.

Symptoms may appear in infected patients in two to 14 days. While symptoms range in severity, the most common symptoms of novel coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Experts are still researching how this new coronavirus is spreading. Other coronaviruses spread through the following means:

  • Through the air by sneezing and coughing
  • Physical contact
  • Touching a contaminated surface and then touching one’s face

The following types of individuals may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, or experiencing more severe symptoms:

  • Older adults
  • Those with an existing, chronic health condition such as:
    • Heart disease
    • Lung disease or asthma
    • Diabetes

As with other seasonal illnesses such as the common cold and the flu, the best way to minimize your chance of contracting the virus is to maintain a safe distance from infected patients.

  • Avoid travel to countries on the CDC’s high-risk list
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Try not to touch your face, especially when in public after touching public surfaces
  • Avoid direct contact with sick individuals
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask, which states that face masks should only be worn by individuals with coronavirus symptoms to minimize the spread of the disease, and not by healthy individuals

There are no treatments for COVID-19 at this time. Most patients who contract the virus experience only moderate flu-like symptoms that resolve within seven days. Symptoms may be suppressed with similar over-the-counter remedies used for the common cold and flu, including ibuprofen, cough suppressants, hydration, and rest.

If your symptoms are mild or moderate, stay at home to avoid spreading the virus to others. Most patients are the most contagious when symptoms first appear. If your symptoms are severe, such as significant shortness of breath, wheezing, or light-headedness or you have an underlying health issue that is exacerbating your symptoms, such as Asthma or Diabetes, seek emergency room care. If possible, notify your emergency room by phone to inform staff of your symptoms before you arrive so that they can direct you to be seen in a way that will minimize your exposure to other patients.

In collaboration with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nova Health has developed emergency preparedness plans and procedures in all its clinics to ensure the health and safety of its patients and caregivers. These procedures include:

  • Elevated training for all clinic staff
  • Dedicated patient screening protocols to identify at-risk patients based on present symptoms and travel history
  • Following CDC-recommended isolation procedures for at-risk patients
  • Stocked preventive supplies and equipment in all clinics, including waiting room signage and the availability of respiratory masks

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