The most important thing to do if you’re experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms is to stay calm. Revisit the page about facts here if you need a refresher. Stay home, if possible, and call your doctor. Additional tips are below.
Do you qualify to get tested? Check out the Mayor’s updated guidance on DC’s testing capacity here.
Here is the CDC’s link to guidance on what to do if you are sick.
If Village members are exposed to someone who is showing symptoms, we recommend the following steps.
- Leave the sick person’s home or vicinity immediately and return to your home.
- After you are home, call the person and recommend they see a doctor.
- Initiate a self-imposed, self-isolation period of 14 days. If you have any reason to believe you might have been exposed to the Coronavirus, limit your contact with others until you can confirm that the person did not have the virus, or you can seek appropriate medical advice to rule out any probability that you have the virus. We recognize this is an inconvenient step, but it is what we are recommending all our community members follow, and what we are requiring our staff and volunteers follow. More guidance can be found here.
- Call your doctor for guidance and, as necessary, symptom treatment and relief.
- If you are concerned about the well-being of a Village Member, including your own, call your Sector Captain or the Village Office.
- Continue vigilance of your own hand hygiene, and best practices for protection.
DC EMS has also issued a statement about when to call, or not call, 9-1-1. Read more about their guidance here.
Here is a link from DC EMS about “Right Care, Right Now” options for seeking care. Remember to call any doctor’s office or urgent care prior to visiting if you have symptoms for guidance.
CMS issued a statement 3/13/2020 stating that for the duration of the national emergency certain restrictions on Medicare services will be lifted. This document is intended for healthcare professionals. More can be read here.