CODY, Wy. (Wyoming News Now) We’ve been hearing from experts about the symptoms to watch out for - fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. But when do our medical professionals suggest we go to the doctor for these symptoms?
Dr. Adam Peters with Billings Clinic in Cody says that if you have symptoms, but they are manageable, treatment at home is similar to other respiratory illnesses.
If someone has a low-grade fever, cough, cold, isn’t feeling so bad, we really recommend that they stay home," he urges. "Don’t come in, don’t be seen, if you can manage it at home, just stay there.”
Bill Crampton is the Park County Public Health Nursing Supervisor, and one of the incident commanders for the County’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. He agrees that if you have low-grade symptoms, you should stay home - that is, until you can’t.
“If you really can’t catch your breath, or really are struggling with chest pain, coughing horrifically, and you’ve got a fever that doesn’t respond - those are the kinds of things that you should go to the hospital and be checked out for,” he explains.
However, officials say that testing isn’t going to happen for everyone, even if they have symptoms that indicate the presence of COVID-19. Crampton says there are a limited number of tests, and they are running out of swabs to take samples, although they are trying to get more through their supply chains.
Dr. Peters adds that although they can’t predict what will happen next, the important thing is to be prepared.
“Most people who get the virus are going to be asymptomatic," he points out. But there will be those minority who really get sick with it. And that’s what we’re trying to prepare for, is those people who really get sick will need care.”