Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Do I Know If I Have It?

Published: March 19, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm really scared of getting Corona!!! My school just closed today, all my friends in other towns have been off since last week. How do I know if I have it?
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Dear Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Do I Know If I Have It?,

This a common question that many people are asking. The CDC created a risk assessment to help make those answers clear.

In general, it is only possible to have COVID-19 if someone else had it and passed it on to you. As mentioned in the Resource of the Month , it can be spread through air droplets such as coughing and sneezing. It can also be spread by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.


Key Factors from the CDC are:

  • Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who have been in China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland and any one of 26 European countries within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States. 
  • U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been to China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, or one of the 26 European countries within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.


If you believe you have been exposed or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it is extremely important to call your medical doctor and/or utilize a telehmedicine option right away and to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent exposing others to the illness. 

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