Am I sick? South Dakota Department of Health Communications Director Derrick Haskins said people with concerns about COVID-19 symptoms should contact their doctor on the phone before going to a clinic or hospital. State officials have also set up a hotline at 800-997-2880.
“Please remember, not everyone with respiratory symptoms will or should be tested since influenza is also circulating,” Haskins said. “A patient’s travel history, exposure to a known case of COVID-19, and risk for severe infection will be considered by a healthcare provider before a test is ordered.
How can I prevent getting it?
Should I get a mask?
If you’re well, don’t get a mask, said the CDC. The public health agency doesn’t recommend facemasks for protection from respiratory diseases when the person is healthy.
Those who are health workers or people taking care of someone in close settings are encouraged to wear masks. The CDC also says face masks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
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The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a set of things to do before and during a pandemic.