I Might Have COVID-19. What Do I Do?

Despite increases in testing, there are still hurdles to jump through when trying to get a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Graham Cole, Staff Writer

Getting sick in the time of coronavirus can be an anxiety-inducing experience, and it is not always easy to know what you should do.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer Mary Anderson recommends staying home if you feel sick.

“Most cases of COVID-19 are usually mild and symptoms should be monitored at home,”  explains Anderson. “However, if the individual who is sick does not get better, then a consultation with a doctor might be required. If anyone has any difficulty breathing, then call 911 immediately.”

There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, but Anderson recommends over-the-counter fever-reducing medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen. In addition to these medications, resting and staying hydrated while only leaving home to seek medical attention is advised.

“Testing for COVID-19 is limited right now,” Anderson said. “Priority will be given to anyone over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions and crucial infrastructure employees.”

An individual’s health care provider must be sure all testing criteria has been met for a test to be ordered. Once a test is ordered, an appointment can be made online to visit the drive-through testing site established at the MVA’s Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station in White Oak on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In order to aid the public with their questions and concerns about COVID-19, the Montgomery County Health Department has established a partnership with the Maryland Department of Health. Most of these questions can be answered by calling (240) 777-1755 or by visiting their website.