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Have coronavirus symptoms? Here's what to do and what not

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​Symptoms
If you feel like you have any flu-like symptoms - cough, fever, an itchy throat - and suspect that you have the coronavirus, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
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​Do isolate yourself
The first and best step is to isolate yourself - stay inside your room for a minimum of 14 days and stay clean.
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Do call the helpline
Call the government helpline and list out your symptoms and their severity, if needed they will send someone to take a swab sample.
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Do make a list
Make a list of everyone you’ve met in the last few days - especially if you’ve had travel history - and inform them you’re feeling symptoms and are under isolation.
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​Do contact your doctor
Contact a family doctor who has a record of your medical history and will alert you if you need to go to a hospital, especially if you have a history of respiratory difficulties.
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​Do not go to a government hospital
For your safety and for the safety of others, avoid rushing to a hospital as most are crowded and you will only increase risk of spread.
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​Do not panic
The virus has only severely affected a very small fraction of infected people, the symptoms should abate in a week or 10 days - focus on staying isolated and clean.
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​Do not use WhatsApp
Well, you can, but please do not test home remedies forwarded on family groups and more importantly stay away from fake news.
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​Do not crowd
Inside the house, make sure to keep away from family members especially elders - they are the ones who face real risk if infected.

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