The nation’s emergency physicians are on the frontlines of treatment and prevention of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). You should take appropriate precautions and consider simple steps to minimize your risk of getting or spreading the virus.
Reduce your risk
Protect yourself and your family, and help slow to the spread of COVID-19 by taking simple precautions:
- Maintain six feet of distance from others outside your household.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Cover your face in public.
- Wash your hands regularly and cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue.
- Get vaccinated when you're eligible.
- Always know when to go to the emergency department.
Call your doctor if you’ve been in contact with someone who already has COVID-19 or has traveled to an affected region and within 14 days you develop the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle/Body Aches
- Sore Throat
- New Loss of Taste and Smell
- Congestion/Stuffy Nose
A one-pager that outlines what to do if you think you're sick with COVID-19, including information about getting tested, and how to know when to go to the emergency department.
In addition to advocating for federal policy changes to ensure emergency departments are equipped to handle the growing outbreak, ACEP is providing up-to-date clinical guidance for emergency physicians via the National Strategic Plan for Emergency Department Management of Outbreaks of COVID-19.