FSH COVID-19 Services
Our doctors follow published CDC guidelines. These guidelines change as doctors and scientists learn more about the virus. Here are some common scenarios:
- If a patient has COVID-like symptoms, the doctor will assess the severity of those symptoms and advise on next steps.
- If a patient came into close contact with someone with COVID-19, the doctor will recommend a 14-day quarantine.
- If the patient has severe shortness of breath, the doctor will advise the patient to dial 911 and let the dispatcher know that they may have COVID-19.
Doctors should recommend isolation if a person has two or more symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC. Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle/body aches
- (Symptoms may include others)
Doctors should recommend a 14-day quarantine to people who have been in close contact with a known case of COVID-19. (If a person has two or more symptoms of COVID-19, they will be recommended to isolate for 10 days.) Doctors can help assess for known exposure. The CDC defines close contact as when a person:
- Is the caregiver for, or
- Shares a home with, or
- Has been less than 6 feet from an infected person for more than 10 minutes.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as cough and/or fever or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, DO NOT GO to the emergency room. Call your doctor or use telemedicine instead to reduce your risk of catching or spreading the virus.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your symptoms. DO NOT CALL emergency rooms prior to going, as many ERs are not set up to handle the volume of calls. Remember to use emergency departments for emergencies ONLY.