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Thinking you have coronavirus? Vegas doctor shares what to do

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 02:29:56-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Coronavirus is sweeping the world, but it hasn't made it to Nevada - yet.

Professionals say it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when,' and they hope it moves slowly so authorities can prepare.

However, Chief Medical Officer for Vedius, Constantine George, said people should not panic.

"Everybody worries, is it going to come to the U.S.? It's here; we're probably going to see a lot more of it than we think we are, does it mean there should be mass panic and pandemonium? No. It's a matter of educating the public... prevention is the big thing," said Dr. George.

He said his office had seen an increase in people wondering if they have coronavirus, but there are a few boxes people need to check before there is any concern.

First, do you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing? These are the signs of coronavirus, but they are very similar to allergies or the flu, so they don't necessarily mean you should be concerned.

Second, have you been to one of the majorly impacted areas or been in contact with someone who has? If you have, this is when authorities will take more severe precautions, but still, don't panic.

Third, call or email your doctor, don't just show up in person. They will be able to triage you over the phone, and if they have a concern, they'll reach out to the Health District and CDC and inform you how to take the correct steps to get tested. If you were to show up in person, they wouldn't have the capability to do the testing on-site, and you run the risk of spreading it.

If you don't have a primary doctor, Dr. George said to reach out to urgent care and inform them of your concerns.

Finally, of course, prevention is vital. Masks will not stop the spread because they can't block the virus, so the best step is to wash hands and sanitize.