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Knowing COVID-19 symptoms can be a first defense against second wave

As more states ease stay-at-home orders and restrictions on their citizens, the big concern is whether there will be a resurgence of the coronavirus.

In his latest video, Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said one of the best ways to limit the risk of exposure to those around us is to be aware of our own symptoms.

What should all keep a lookout for? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include:

  • headache,
  • sore throat,
  • chills and shaking chills,
  • muscle pain,
  • and also loss of taste and smell.

If you have any of those symptoms, you should be staying home or seeking medical attention, Gonsenhauser said.

If you don’t have symptoms, he urged you to continue to engage in responsible hand hygiene, physical distancing, avoidance of large crowds and use of face coverings, including cloth masks, when you are out in public.