Dr. Megan Ranney:
So, the first and biggest thing is, we are there 24/7/365.
I certainly want folks to try to take care of themselves at home, to call their primary care physician if they have one. But if you are in doubt, that’s what we’re there for. I will say, we saw increased rates of death at home because people were so scared to come to the E.R. in the worst of the COVID pandemic. So I don’t want to dissuade people from seeking care.
That said, if you are able to eat and drink, if you’re able to get your fever down with ibuprofen or Tylenol, if you’re able to get up and walk around, even if you’re a little achy or tired, you’re probably OK to stay home.
But if you’re feeling really lightheaded when you stand up, if you can’t keep fluids down, if you aren’t thinking the way that you normally do, those would all be things that would make me want you to come in and see me.