WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, talks with the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Corey Slovis, MD.
In this series, WebMD's Chief Medical Officer interviews the nation’s top experts to get answers for the big coronavirus questions that are top of mind for all of us.
- At present, there's no true therapy for COVID-19, so you should only go to the ER if you have chest pain, trouble breathing, difficulty keeping in fluids, high fever, or any feelings extreme sickness.
- If you're healthy, don't have significant underlying disease, and can eat, drink, and tolerate your symptoms, there's no advantage to going to the ER.
- If you're over age 70 and running a fever, you're in a much higher risk group and should go to the emergency room.
- Emergency rooms are following safey and social distancing protocols to protect staff and patients.