Our country is still focusing on stopping the spread of COVID-19. Even as we come out of stay-at-home orders, there are still social distancing orders in public spaces to keep us safe. But what happens if you or a loved one does get sick with this virus? What do you need to do?
We’ve got you covered with the information you need to get through this illness and keep everyone safe.
Get in touch with your health care provider
If you believe you are sick with COVID-19, reach out to your primary care provider right away. They will be able to give you advice on what you should do. Don’t have a primary care provider right now? Bon Secours is currently offering 24/7 COVID-19 video visits.
Don’t leave your house
For most infected individuals, COVID-19 symptoms will be mild and they can recover from the virus at home. Therefore, if you are sick, stay at home unless you need to receive medical care.
Stay away from others
While staying at home, sick people also need to keep their distance from other individuals they are living with. The person should live alone in one bedroom and one bathroom.
If giving the sick person their own room and bathroom is not an option, make sure shared spaces have good air flow. The sick individual needs to clean and disinfect areas they have been in consistently. If they are too weak to do so, a caregiver needs to do this after waiting a little before entering the room.
There is no confirmation that people sick with COVID-19 can pass the illness on to pets. However, it is a good idea to keep some distance from any animals while experiencing symptoms.
Don’t share items
Sick people need to avoid sharing items such as sheets, bedding and towels. Laundering in a washing machine using hot water is a great way to clean and disinfect these items after use.
The same rule applies to plates, silverware and glasses. Sick individuals should also eat alone in their isolated area of the house. When they have finished eating, a caregiver will need to wash their utensils. They can do this with hot water and soap wearing disposable gloves. They can also use a dishwasher.
Cover sneezes and coughs
Tissues should be used to cover all sneezes and coughs. Used tissues should also be disposed of immediately to avoid the spread of germs. The sick individual should wash their hands after coughing and sneezing as well.
Have the sick person use their own waste basket for their tissues and other trash. Once it is full, a caregiver can remove the lining and throw it away while wearing gloves.
Wear a face mask
When in the presence of others, a sick person should always wear a face mask to protect everyone. This includes when leaving the house to receive medical care or when a caregiver comes into a sick person’s room.
This person should keep track of any symptoms they may have, mainly a fever. They can use over-the-counter medicines to help treat any bothersome symptoms. If symptoms become worse, though, contact the doctor right away.
The urgent COVID-19 symptoms are blue face or lips, constant chest pain or pressure, and difficulty breathing. Seek medical care right away if you or a family member is experiencing one or more of these symptoms.
The sick person will need to be tested to determine if they are still contagious under this set of conditions:
- Their fever has subsided without the use of medication to reduce it.
- They have seen improvement in other symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.
- They have tested negative via two separate tests that were taken 24 hours apart.
In the absence of a test, a sick individual can end isolation under all these conditions:
- They have not experienced a fever for the past 72 hours.
- Their other symptoms have lessened in severity.
- It has been at least seven days since their first signs of symptoms
Consulting with a health care provider will help in making the right decision about ending isolation. Also, be sure to stay updated on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information surrounding COVID-19 since instructions can change as new facts are learned about this virus.
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