COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-03-28

Thursday, March 26, 2020, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot - Stay Home for about Three to Four Days

Question: What is the latest guidance for people who feel sick? The messaging was, they should stay home for three to four days, see if they get better on their own. How sick does someone have to be before they should feel it necessary to go to a hospital?

Commissioner Barbot: From the very beginning, we've been saying that people should stay home rather than flooding the emergency departments or clinics. And we have been telling folks to stay home for about three to four days. And if they are not getting better, either at that mark or certainly before that mark, they should be reaching out to their health care providers. And the rationale for that was, 80 percent of individuals who do contract COVID-19 will have a mild course. Certainly, if you're getting worse in that period of time, don't wait the three to four days.

We don't want people who are sick walking around. We want you home. And only if you're not getting better and your doctor tells you that you need to be seen is when we want you outdoors.
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