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Follow procedure if you suspect you have COVID-19

Emergency service officials are advising people not to go to the hospital or doctor’s office just because they might be coughing or sneezing.

As we all become accustomed to a new normal, it is important to learn and recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 that include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been observed as the incubation period of the virus.

The CDC also warns of more severe COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or bluish lips or face, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

To complicate matters, we also are in the midst of the flu and allergy season so people could exhibit symptoms from those conditions that mimic symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have those symptoms and believe you have been exposed, the CDC advises not to go to the hospital. Instead, call 911 or your healthcare provider, who will ask callers a series of questions. If the caller is suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, arrangements will be made for the individual to visit the hospital or medical facility for testing and examination.

So far no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have come out of Warren County. We hope it stays that way but know the reality is it will affect our community at some point in the future. We urge residents to adhere to social distancing measures and be mindful of proper procedures should you suspect infection in an effort to keep our community safe and from overtaxing our healthcare providers.

About Catherine Hadaway

Catherine Hadaway, as The Vicksburg Post’s publisher, oversees the business operations of the newspaper. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Religion. She is a Director of Boone Newspapers, Inc., the family company that owns The Post. Catherine comes from a long line of newspaper publishers, starting with her grandfather, Buford Boone, who served as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News and earned journalism's highest honor when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his editorial titled "What a Price for Peace." Catherine is a member of The Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Vicksburg Young Professionals, The Heritage Guild and The Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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