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Coronavirus: Symptoms and What to Do

Mar 12, 2020, 15:09 PM
Symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do.

By Mary Bavaro, MD | Skagit Regional Health Infectious Disease Specialist

Over the last several months Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have occurred in more than 65 countries world-wide with several cases confirmed in Washington State.

Lady in bed looking at thermometer

While most people who have COVID-19 may have few to no symptoms, some patients may develop a more severe illness with symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you experience these symptoms, remember the following:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, call your regular doctor first. If you are short of breath, call 911.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice good personal hygiene habits, including hand washing, coughing into tissue or elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

For additional information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and resources, visit the CDC and Washington State Department of Health websites. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public, including how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.              

Dr. Mary Bavaro is an Infectious Disease specialist at Skagit Regional Health. She earned her Medical Degree at State University of New York at Brooklyn. She went on to complete an Internship at Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA followed by Internal Medicine residency training at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base in California. Dr. Bavaro completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. She remained there, serving as the Division Head for six years, before acting as the Program Director for Infectious Disease Fellowship Program for seven years.   

For current updates regarding Coronavirus and Skagit Regional Health click here. 

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Coronavirus: Symptoms and What to Do

Mar 12, 2020, 15:09 PM
Symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do.

By Mary Bavaro, MD | Skagit Regional Health Infectious Disease Specialist

Over the last several months Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have occurred in more than 65 countries world-wide with several cases confirmed in Washington State.

Lady in bed looking at thermometer

While most people who have COVID-19 may have few to no symptoms, some patients may develop a more severe illness with symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you experience these symptoms, remember the following:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, call your regular doctor first. If you are short of breath, call 911.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice good personal hygiene habits, including hand washing, coughing into tissue or elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

For additional information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and resources, visit the CDC and Washington State Department of Health websites. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public, including how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.              

Dr. Mary Bavaro is an Infectious Disease specialist at Skagit Regional Health. She earned her Medical Degree at State University of New York at Brooklyn. She went on to complete an Internship at Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA followed by Internal Medicine residency training at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base in California. Dr. Bavaro completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. She remained there, serving as the Division Head for six years, before acting as the Program Director for Infectious Disease Fellowship Program for seven years.   

For current updates regarding Coronavirus and Skagit Regional Health click here.