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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many different aspects of daily life—including managing chronic conditions.

The combination of state and local governments ordering patients to stay home, providers postponing appointments and procedures, and employees choosing to stay at home instead of going to a doctor’s office has resulted in a significant decrease in health care utilization. In fact, according to a Harvard University study, outpatient services declined nearly 60% in mid-March and have remained low through mid-April. While the decreased health care utilization has allowed providers and facilities to prioritize COVID-19 treatments, it has increased the likelihood that patients aren’t effectively managing their chronic conditions.

If you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider. They may tell you to manage your care from home. Follow these tips provided by the CDC.

This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how patients can manage their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms from home.   Download the complete "10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home"