• For most people, COVID-19 symptoms can be managed at home

    For most people, COVID-19 symptoms can be managed at home, according to Rome Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Andrew Bushnell, MD.

    “The vast majority of people in the community who contract coronavirus will have mild to moderate symptoms,” said Dr. Bushnell. “These patients don’t need COVID-19 testing or additional medical care because currently, there is no treatment for the virus other than supportive care for symptoms.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an online Coronavirus Self-Checker guide. It will walk you through a series of questions to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. Go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html and click on Coronavirus Self Checker.

    “If you can manage your symptoms at home with over-the-counter medications for cough and fever, stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids,” Dr. Bushnell said. “If breathing is difficult, your symptoms worsen, or you’re at high-risk of complications, then you need to talk to your doctor or come to the Emergency Department.”

    Rome Memorial Hospital has created a pre-exposure self tracking tool to help people monitor their symptoms, risks and activities to protect our community. The tool is a simple checklist which can be filled out daily. It includes medical information such as temperature and respiratory symptoms, as well as travel and close contact information.
    It can be downloaded from our website: http://www.romehospital.org/Coronavirus/

    This will help individuals keep track of information that could be useful to their healthcare providers if they become sick.