Many people have been looking for information about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Here is some self-assessment guidance created with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as Bingham Healthcare doctors. Hopefully this will put your mind at ease, provide guidance on when to seek medical care, and what to do in the meantime.
1. Have you been within 6 feet of a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 5 minutes, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva, in the past 14 days? Yes or No.
2. In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?
a. Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or above, or possible fever symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating
b. New cough
c. New trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
d. New chills
e. New muscle aches
f. Sore throat
h. New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
i. None of the above
Active COVID-19 tests to determine if you currently have the virus are available at Bingham’s emergency room in Blackfoot and their urgent cares in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. If you think you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, and would like to be tested, please call your primary care provider.
If you do not have a primary care doctor, you can easily see one of Bingham’s doctors, or call one of their urgent cares located in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.
For a complete list of all Bingham Healthcare primary care clinics throughout East Idaho, please call (208) 785-4100 or visit www.BinghamMemorial.org/Family-Medicine.
They are even scheduling appointments via Telehealth so you may not even have to leave your home and can talk to a provider over the phone or computer.
Please note that this information is not meant to take the place of getting medical advice from your doctor. This is simply meant to help you understand any symptoms someone may be feeling. Again, if you do have questions, please contact your primary care doctor or call (208) 785-4100. If you’re in an emergency medical situation, call 911 or your local emergency number.
It’s important to note that information about COVID-19 is constantly changing. The level of COVID-19 activity varies by community, as does the availability of testing. For current updates on COVID-19, check with your local public health agency or visit the CDC website: www.CDC.gov