Help: I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19

By Allon Mordel, MD
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December 9, 2020

First and foremost, seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or persistent pain or pressure in the chest.

The contagious rate for COVID-19 is highest in the first 14 days of exposure, as it takes this amount of time for symptoms to develop. Even if you do not show any symptoms, it’s important you stay home and avoid contact with others for those 14 days. To protect and prevent the spread to others, inform anyone you’ve been in contact with since your known exposure immediately, and suggest they get a COVID-19 test.

The CDC notes most people diagnosed with COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. If you want to talk through your symptoms with a doctor you can always text with one now in the K Health app.

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Allon Mordel, MD

Allon Mordel is the Senior Medical Director, Clinical Product at K Health. Dr. Mordel is a graduate of the University of Georgia and served as an EMT for the city and county services. He was accepted into residency at the NYU/ Bellevue Emergency Medicine Residency Program where he distinguished himself and became Chief Resident on his way to becoming an Attending Physician.