Symptoms & Next Steps
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek the appropriate medical guidance and care.
Mild symptoms commonly include:
Fever of ≥100.4°F (38°C)
Other mild symptoms may include:
Sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, malaise, muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste, chills, repeated shaking and chills
If you have these mild symptoms, here are some options:
Rest, and avoid close contact with others
Consider a virtual visit
If you feel like you need emotional support, a virtual visit with a mental health provider may be exactly what you need.
In some cases, mild symptoms can progress to a moderate symptoms and may require some supportive care.
Severe symptoms include:
Fever ≥103F (39.4C)
Blue lips or face
Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
Trouble waking up or trouble being woken up
If you have these severe symptoms:
Get medical attention immediately
You or your caregiver should call 911 if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
Notify the operator that you have COVID-19 or suspect that you were exposed to the virus that causes it.
Still unsure about your symptoms?
Use the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker bot to help you decide whether to rest and recover at home or seek medical care.
Speak to a Medical Professional
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Your primary care provider may offer virtual visits through your health system’s online portal. If not, you may be able to reach other healthcare providers who offer virtual visits through your smartphone or laptop for an initial assessment.
Local Healthcare Providers
When you have a fever or your child has a sore throat, you want to stay home. Our virtual care options let you do just that. Describe symptoms to a Novant Health provider from the comfort of your couch, bed or child’s room. We offer three ways to connect – e-visits, on-demand video visits and scheduled video visits. Insurance coverage for our virtual care visits varies based on your plan and benefit structure. During the current state of emergency, coverage is being extended and upfront payments are waived until further notice.More Info
National Virtual Care Providers
Plushcare offers the ability to schedule a virtual visit. Most people pay $25 or less with insurance.Book Virtual Visit
Most insurance providers have updated their policies for virtual care coverage.Learn moreabout your virtual care coverage.
Don’t have a primary care provider? These 24/7 hotlines have medical professionals available to answer your symptom related questions.
Call a local doctor
Find a local provider in your area. Please call your provider first before driving to the clinic.Visit FindCare
At home test kit
Testing Information for COVID-19
Should I get tested?
Testing centers in your area may not be equipped to test everyone. As a first step, the CDC recommends calling your primary care provider. Your provider may be able to assess your symptoms over the phone. Please speak to a healthcare provider before going to a testing location.Learn more
The CDC recommends that testing priority be given in this order:
symptomatic healthcare workers and people who are hospitalized
people in at-risk groups and symptomatic first responders
people who don’t fit the above categories but still have symptoms
Whether or not you’re able to get tested may depend on resources and available test kits in your community. Many testing sites are by appointment only. As more tests become available, testing priority may change. Check with your provider or your state’s website for up to date testing information
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Understanding your coverage
Please check with your insurance provider for specific information related to coronavirus policies and protocols.