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COVID-19: What to do if you develop symptoms while away from home

In many areas of the U.S. and around the world, people are being told to stay home and avoid travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, travel restrictions may not apply to employees of critical industries, such as trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. So what should someone do if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while traveling?

Here’s what Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious diseases expert at Mayo Clinic, says you should do if you’re away from home and develop symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

“If you’re traveling and you get sick and you’re in a hotel, the first thing that you could do is to call the hotel front desk and see if they have a physician who could guide you, or you could call a local emergency department and get some guidance,” Dr., Virk says.

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  • Posted on April 15, 2020