Coronavirus has gripped our world, making it difficult to navigate your everyday life. If you fear that you've been exposed to the virus or if you are concerned that you are starting to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, read on.
To mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, we've been encourage to wear a mask and to socially distance ourselves from others. What is Social Distancing and how does it help? New Jersey's Department of Health provided the following guidance on Social Distancing.
If you've been advised that you were exposed to COVID-19, you will be asked to Quarantine for 14 days in anticipation of your potentially developing symptoms and to prevent you from passing that infection on to others. Take this seriously and do your part to limit the spread of this infection.
If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, you should Isolate yourself from others while treating your infection.
Still don't understand the difference between Quarantine and Isolation, click the link below.
QUARANTIVE v ISOLATION
If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, both the CDC and the NJ Department of Health have published guidelines for managing your symptoms while in Isolation.
CDC - I'M SICK
NJ DOH - I'M SICK
If you have been exposed or if you are symptomatic, you should consider being tested for the virus. For exposed individuals, where symptoms are most likely to arrive approximately 5-days after exposure, the best time to test has been found to be during the 7-day period beginning two days prior to the onset of symptoms when the false negative rate is at its lowest. Testing is available at several urgent care facilities locally. Use this link for the NJ Department of Health's COVID-19 Test Site Finder.
Some facilities will provide immediate test results while others send the diagnostic to lab facilities and will take several days before results come available to you. A few will even offer both methodologies. Remember to check with your insurance carrier to verify participation in your plan.
If you need to review your symptoms with Dr. Raccuglia, click here or call us for a telehealth appointment. We can help you navigate your way through this infection.
Either way, keep your spirits up. We will all get through this together.