Health Check-Up: New travel guidelines and when to seek emergency medical attention

Dated: March 16 2020

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Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared coronavirus a pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its travel notices. All older adults and persons with serious chronic medical conditions are now encouraged to postpone all nonessential travel, even if traveling domestically. On Friday, President Trump banned travel from Europe to the United States (and extended the ban to the U.K. and Ireland on Saturday). U.S. citizens are allowed to come home and are being screened upon entry, which is causing significant traffic jams at many U.S. airports.

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Francisco and Northern California have begun drive-thru tents for coronavirus testing. Patients who meet the CDC criteria for a test will receive a doctor’s order and an appointment to arrive for testing at one of the testing sites.

Also, while you most likely already know to watch out for fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of COVID-19, take note of these emergency warning signs that indicate you need to seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, persistent pain in the chest, new confusion, bluish lips or face.

If you feel sick and think you may have COVID-19, but you aren’t experiencing any of the extreme warning signs, you should call your medical practitioner before visiting an urgent care center, doctor’s office or emergency room.

To stay up to date on the latest health recommendations, check in with the California Department of Public Health, which is collecting all new information on the coronavirus outbreak here.

Sources: CNN, NPR, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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