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I have been working with both sick and well people this week and every person who is sick is terrified that they have COVID and rightfully so with all that is going on. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

It is a possibility and test kits are still not readily available. The number of positive cases seems to double each day. You are at greater risk if you have traveled in the last 30 days on a plane or out of the country, been around sick people, or in very large groups. Mostly all of us fall into one of those categories.

If you are currently dealing with an acute illness like the cold or flu I have three resources to help navigate whether or not you should seek out medical attention. These will help you determine if you have viral symptoms and when to get tested for COVID.

Resource 1: CDC recommendations

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Resource 2: Algorithm created by Dr. Christianson, a fellow Naturopathic doctor

Resource 3: BUOY’s Symptom Checker

BUOY was created by the WHO and CDC as an easy to use guide to determine if you should seek urgent medical care or not. Visit BUOY’s website HERE.

Wishing You Well,

Dr. Purcell

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