If you are feeling ill and would like to seek medical attention, please use the Coronavirus Self-Checker
The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19. This system is intended only for people who are currently located in the United States.
SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes has been named coronavirus disease 2019, which is abbreviated COVID-19.
The first known case was in a 55-year-old from Hubei, China on November 17, 2019. Authorities suspect the virus was initially caused by an item sold at a seafood market, but individuals contracted the virus around the same time without any connection to the seafood market.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United states was reported on January 20, 2020 and the number has increased exponentially since.
In those who have recovered, Coronavirus causes mild to severe illness; the most severe illness occurs in older adults and those with other underlying health issues.
Symptoms can appear anywhere between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:
- Shortness of breath
If you experience the following emergency warning signs, you should seek medical attention immediately:
- Trouble Breathing
- Feeling pressure or pain in the chest
- Lips or face appear blue in color
Tips to Avoid COVID-19
- Social Distance
- Washing hands regularly can offer more protection than wearing rubber gloves
- Stay home unless necessary
- Work from home if possible
- Avoid touching mouth, eyes, and nose
- The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends avoiding physical contact when greeting others i.e. wave, nod, oral greeting.
Resources for COVID-19
- CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NIH National Cancer Institute Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know
- FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)