Here’s how to self-isolate, what quarantine guidance means for your household, and which symptoms signal you need emergency care.
by Kristen Kendrick/NPR
“As the cooler weather takes hold, a viral pandemic is blanketing the U.S. with infection rates like we’ve never seen.
“As of early December, there are more than 200,000 new U.S. cases reported and more than 1,800 deaths from COVID-19 on average every day. And although we know this illness is dangerous, the hospitalization rate is about 243 hospital stays per 100,000 infections, which means masses of people are having to manage less severe cases at home, too.
“Patients are facing time alone with a notoriously unpredictable virus — and that can feel scary, confusing and overwhelming. Those are all sentiments I’ve heard a lot in my own practice as a family doctor lately.
“If you’ve gotten a positive test result, here’s advice from doctors about how to handle a mild to moderate, or even asymptomatic, case on your own — and when you need to seek emergency help.”
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