Do I have the Novel (New) Coronavirus (aka COVID-19)?
Are you thinking "Hey I have a sore throat, do I have the new coronavirus?" If you're like many, you're probably wondering and very likely scared that you might have the new coronavirus, but fear not! We've done our research to get you what you need to know.
We are not doctors. Use this guide as a preliminary check, but you should talk to your primary care provider to test and determine if you have the new coronavirus. We are not the authority on this matter, only your doctor is, so please talk to your doctor first.
Symptoms for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- difficulty breathing (in severe cases)
Let's see what the symptoms are for other common sicknesses.
Symptoms for Cold
If you have a common cold, you'll have the following symptoms.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
Symptoms for Allergies
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
Symptoms for the Common Flu
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
What does this all mean?
The symptoms for the Coronavirus are similar to the common cold, allergies and definitely the common flu. If you definitely have a fever, coughs, tiredness or difficulty breathing, please contact your doctor or your healthcare provider. You will need to be tested.
If you have sneezing or runny eyes, you might have allergies or a cold, which is very likely.
What Should I Do If I have COVID-19?
What to Do At All Times?
- Cover Your Mouth: When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- Dispose Used Tissues: Dispose your used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash Your Hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Rest: You are sick, so try to reduce stressful activity and rest.
Stay At Home
The CDC recommends that you stay at home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illnesses and don't need to be hospitalized.
While you're home, stay away from others as much as possible.
- Use a separate bathroom if possible.
Be sure to wash your hands frequently, and change towels that you may use frequently.
Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
When Going to the Doctor:
- Call ahead before you go to your doctor. Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
- Avoid public transportation if you have COVID-19 and you're trying to get medical attention.
- If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
More information can be found at CDC's website, here: