What To Do If You Suspect You Have Covid-19
Everyone is worried about Covid-19 right now. Anyone who develops a cough or other Covid symptoms will naturally worry. However, if you think you have Covid-19, it is important not to panic. The following advice comes straight from the CDC.
Stay Home (Other Than Receiving Medical Care)
If you suspect or know that you have Covid-19, it is important to keep yourself as isolated as possible - this means staying at home. For the majority of people that get infected with Covid-19, the illness will be mild and they will be able to recover at home without any special medical care. However, it is still important that anyone that does have the disease remains indoors.
While inside, you can manage most of your symptoms by ensuring that you get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. You can take over the counter remedies to address any symptoms as they arise. For example, if you are suffering from fever then you can take some acetaminophen to reduce it.
If you have the symptoms of Covid-19, such as a fever and a persistent cough, then you can get yourself tested. The process for getting tested varies from state to state and most states will require you to be symptomatic. For example, The Urgency Room offers coronavirus testing in Minnesota; you can find more details about accessing the service on their website.
Try To Isolate From Other People Within Your Home
If you live with other people then there are a number of things you can do to reduce the chances of them being infected. You should inform everyone in your home that you are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms and encourage them to wash their hands often. Make sure that you wash your hands often and try to stay in your own room as much as possible. If you must venture out into communal areas, keep your face covered.
Monitor Your Symptoms
Most people who get Covid-19 will be able to recover at home on their own. However, it is important that you keep monitoring your symptoms and seek medical help if you do deteriorate. If you are concerned about the severity of your symptoms, then you should phone your doctor and report your symptoms to them. They will be able to advise you on what to do next and can direct you where you need to go for further help if necessary.
As always, follow any instructions that your healthcare providers give you, make sure that you stay hydrated and don’t over-exert yourself. It is also important to know when to seek emergency attention. If you are struggling to breathe, experiencing pain or pressure in your chest, or your lips or face are turning blue, make sure you call 911.
It is vital that everyone knows what they need to do if they suspect that they have Covid-19. If you know that you have been exposed to Covid-19 by someone else that has it, you should keep yourself isolated for 14 days to be sure that you aren’t infected.