Dallas County Health and Human Services
972-692-2780; 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
City of Dallas
Texas Department of State Health Services
US Center for Disease Control
PLAN DON’T PANIC
What are the symptoms?
Largely the same as the flu: COVID-19 causes fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, etc.; it may also cause shortness of breath.
What should I do if I feel ill?
Stay home. Call your primary care physician, and he or she will ask you questions to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have insurance, please call a physician’s office or hospital, and if appropriate, you may be referred for testing. At present, the state and counties do not have resources sufficient to test people on the basis of curiosity. However, within a matter of days commercial labs will be able to provide testing on demand.
How do I know if I was exposed?
COVID-19 is transmitted by close contact with a person who has contract the virus, which includes:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes, OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., directly through coughing or sneezing, sharing utensils, contact with affected surfaces, etc.).
If you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are considered to be at low risk for infection. You can continue to go to work and school.