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Health officials continue to tackle the new cases and are preparing for possibility of an outbreak as to the levels seen in South Korea, Italy and China where thousands of people have been infected already.
So, it’s important to know whom to call if you have any symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is a lung virus that is a part of a family of coronaviruses that vary in severity, also including everything from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) as to common cold.
Symptoms that are associated with this COVID-19 can include a runny nose, headache, cough and also fever that are very much similar to the flu symptoms, according to a previous Global News report.
Other symptoms to watch for also include shortness of breath, chills and also the body aches. In more serious forms of the COVID-19, virus can cause bronchitis, kidney failure, and even death, according to the U.S. Centre for the Disease Control and Prevention.
Who do I call if I’m presenting symptoms?
Always first call a family doctor or walk-in-clinic office first before you go in, to get advice on whether you fit the profile of someone who is more likely to catch the COVID-19.
Many clinics and physicians offices do recommend anyone with serious, flu-like symptoms to call a public health hotline rather than going head straight to a clinic.
A clinic or physician’s office will usually ask the patient questions through the phone, like person’s degree of respiratory distress, and only then make the recommendations based on that. Severe cases where patients have the difficulty in breathing will be referred to a hospital which is set-up for COVID-19 cases, according to the wino news.