Fairfield Medical Center infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Dagg-Murry on how to approach illness in the workplace or classroom:
“If someone has a fever, do not send them to the emergency department or urgent care,” Dr. Dagg-Murry said. Instead, individuals should be instructed to go home and self-isolate. From that point, they should monitor symptoms closely and seek medical attention if their condition worsens or becomes severe. “And always call ahead before arriving,” the doctor reminded.
For the vast majority of individuals, COVID-19 will cause mild to moderate symptoms before resolving and may not require testing. “Employees should be without symptoms for several days, and fever free – without the use of medication – for three consecutive days before returning to work or school,” said Dr. Dagg-Murry. Upon returning, individuals should wear a standard isolation mask for up to 7 days.