What should I do if I feel sick?

If you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate any life-threatening event such as a heart attack, stroke, traumatic fall or injury, or abnormal mental status, call 911 or go to your local ED. During this pandemic, hospitals remain ready and able to treat these life-threatening emergencies.

Emergency Symptoms of COVID-19 - Call Immediately for Medical Help (911)

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Inform 911 of suspected COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Stay home if not life-threatening:

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illnesses and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Call your primary care physician (or local hospital or urgent care if you do not have a primary care physician):

Your doctor will advise you on how to manage symptoms and will decide if it is appropriate for you to get tested

Massachusetts residents can visit the buoy website to get advice from an online health assistant safely at home, for free.

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1. What are the reopening plans for Dartmouth businesses and organizations?
2. Who are at greater risk for severe COVID-19 illness?
3. What should I do if I feel sick?
4. When can my business reopen?
5. What are my rights as an employee during COVID-19?
6. Where can I get help for unemployment?
7. How are Governor Baker’s orders, home isolation, & social distancing guidelines being enforced in the Town of Dartmouth?
8. What’s the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine?
9. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 / am in close contact of someone who tests positive?