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If You Think Someone has the Virus. . .

The symptoms of coronavirus mimic other conditions and the flu: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For anyone with these symptoms, immediately contact medical professionals and follow their guidance. That is the most important response.

Depending on the physician’s diagnosis and department of health directions, your community may also:

  • The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recommends placing the person in a single room with a closed door while waiting for guidance from the health department.
  • Implement isolation for all residents, suspend group gatherings and use standard precautions for respiratory infection. Suspend prospect tours and new admissions.
  • Find out where in the past 30 days the resident has traveled and whether they’ve come in contact with someone who may have the virus.
  • Ask the physician to assess the resident under the CDC Persons Under Investigation (PUI) guidelines.

Keep in mind that the virus can have an effect from mild to severe. People are not usually tested unless they show distinct symptoms, and for now, testing takes time and goes through CDC authorized labs.

If there is a confirmed case, take your direction from the health department. As you would for the flu, keep watch for anyone else who may be showing symptoms. If two cases are confirmed within 72 hours of each other, implement outbreak control measures, according to direction from the health department.

Facility Pets Are Part of the Family Too

The CDC recommends that people who are sick also avoid contact with petsCDC is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. For more information, please click here or here.

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