About the Coronavirus & Disease Prevention
IS IT A COLD? THE FLU? COVID?
ES UN RESFRIADO o INFLUENZA o COVID-19?
- Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Taste, Smell
- New confusion
- Bluish lips or face
*This is not a complete symptoms list, please seek your “medical home” or doctor for testing and treatment options.
What To Do If You Are Sick
- Call your doctor If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19,
- Stay home
- Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling.
- Visit the CDC Guidance website for more info.
- Nuevo Coronavirus, Spanish CDC website
The vast majority of those exposed to Coronavirus will not require hospitalization; Symptoms are often mild enough to care at home. However, if you develop threatening symptoms such as shortness of breath, dehydration, changes in mental status, or other complications, call your doctor and seek immediate medical attention.
- Get vaccinated if you are 12 or older. To find a vaccination site, go to our vaccine locations page
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a face mask if you are sick to keep from infecting others
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
Who is Most at Risk?
- Individuals with Heart Disease
- Individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes
- Individuals with Lung disease
- Individuals with Kidney disease
- Individuals with underlying health conditions
- Those living in congregate living situations
- The elderly
What Should I Do If I Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus?
The Will County Health Department reminds you that if you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus:
Isolate yourself and self-monitor for the symptoms. This includes taking your temperature three times daily (morning, afternoon, evening) to check for a fever, along with watching for other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
If you do have these symptoms, you are asked to phone YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER for an examination, as your medical provider is the one who knows you and your family’s medical condition’s best. ALWAYS CALL AHEAD OF TIME, as your provider may have certain times or areas where they prefer symptomatic patients to go.
Call the Hotline. The Will County Health Department has established a Coronavirus hotline for questions, available from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday at 815-740-8977.