Top 10 Tips: Fever/Flu During the Coronavirus Emergency Care
Ordinarily, the flu or a fever is nothing to worry about, but with the coronavirus having flu-like symptoms, as covered over at frontlineer.com, then experiencing a fever or flu symptoms should be taken more seriously now. This article, with the help of the gurus over at frontlineer.com, will look to highlight the top tips on how to go about things if you are experiencing a fever or the flu during the coronavirus crisis.
It could be the coronavirus
The first thing to check, as per the gurus over at frontlineer.com, when experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms is if your symptoms are signs of COVID-19. The symptoms of the coronavirus, as is discussed in detail over at frontlineer.com, include a fever, cough as well as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call your primary care doctor or your local health department so that you can be advised on how to proceed.
Could you have been exposed to the coronavirus?
Another tip on how you should proceed if you are experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms is asking yourself if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Here, as per the subject matter experts over at frontlineer.com, you should look back and see if you may have come into contact with someone who had or later on tested positive for the coronavirus or if you had recently travelled back from a country or region that has been badly hit by the pandemic. This, as per the gurus over at frontlineer.com, will give you an indication of the likelihood that you have the virus.
Know when to call 911 if you suspect you have COVID-19
If you are experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms and you suspect you have the coronavirus, probably due to your recent travel history or the fact you may have come into contact with someone who tested positive, then the next tip is knowing when to call 911 for the same. As per discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com, you should call 911 for the coronavirus if you are experiencing trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion or an inability to wake up after sleeping or to arouse as well as the turning blue of your lips or face. In such a situation, don’t call your doctor but call 911 as soon as possible.
It could be the flu
Another important tip to note is that, just because you are experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms doesn’t mean that you have the coronavirus. Your symptoms could be a sign of the flu, particularly the strain if influenza that is now considered to be widespread throughout the country and every state apart from Hawaii and Oregon, as is discussed in detail over at frontlineer.com. This is likely the case particularly if you don’t have a history of travel and haven’t interacted with anyone who has tested positive.
Know when to call 911 for the flu
While the flu is not always an emergency, there are instance when it can get so serious that you should call 911. As per discussions over at frontlineer.com, these include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, sudden dizziness, flu-like symptoms that appear to get better only to return with a fever and worse cough, swelling in the mouth or throat, bluish skin color in children, a child not waking up or interacting with others among others.
Call ahead rather than going to your doctor’s office, urgent care or ER
A very important tip in the current coronavirus crisis is that if you need medical attention, you should call ahead before going to your doctor’s office, urgent care or the ER. As per the gurus over at frontlineer.com, this will allow them to prepare for your visit or even advise you to go to another facility that is better suited to your needs according to your symptoms.
Don’t be afraid of the ER or hospital
As is revealed in discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com, many people are putting off visits to the ER or the hospital due to the fear of getting exposed to the coronavirus. However, it is important to note that ERs and hospitals have put in place stringent protocols designed to keep their patients safe from exposure to the virus. Therefore, if you have been advised to call 911 or to go to a hospital to see a doctor, you should do so and shouldn’t be afraid.
When in doubt, call your doctor
If you are unsure if you have the coronavirus or not or if your fever of flu symptoms requires medical attention or not, then you should always call your doctor. This will allow them to go through your signs and symptoms with you, and give you direction on what to do and how to proceed. With telemedicine, which is covered in more detail over at frontlineer.com, you will be able to get medical services whenever and wherever you need them, and your doctor will attend to you and ensure you get the treatment you require.
Follow the quarantine instructions to the letter
Unless you are experiencing severe symptoms as mentioned earlier on, you will most likely be told to self-quarantine at home if your symptoms and history of travel indicate that you may have the coronavirus, but your symptoms are mild. In such a situation, the gurus over at frontlineer.com recommend that you follow the quarantine instructions to the letter to ensure that you don’t expose anyone else to the coronavirus.
Disclose to the emergency personnel if you suspect you could be positive for the coronavirus
If you are experiencing a fever and flu symptoms that are serious enough to call 911, including difficulty breathing and others covered above, and you suspect you could be positive for COVID-19, due to your history of travel or the fact that you may have interacted with someone who tested positive for the virus, then you should disclose this information when calling 911. This, as per the folks over at frontlineer.com, will enable the emergency personnel to protect themselves while attending to you.
As ever, if you are looking for more information on this and other related topics, then the excellent frontlineer.com is the place to go to.