You Have COVID-19, Now What?

You Have COVID-19, Now What?
  • There are more than 102,000 coronavirus cases in the US as of March 27, 2020. 
  • Hospitals across the country are running out of masks and other supplies.
  • 80% of COVID-19 cases involve mild symptoms.
  • The CDC released guidelines for sick people to follow. 

(NewsReady.com) – Americans are being bombarded with information about how to keep themselves from contracting COVID-19. But what happens if they test positive for the virus? How do they treat it and keep their families safe?

Don’t Panic

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 80% of all coronavirus patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms. That means they are going to feel like garbage but they’re not going to die. Keep that in mind if you recently tested positive for the illness.

Your positive result is not a death sentence.

Take Care of Yourself

There are instances where people who have the illness are asymptomatic. That’s rare though. More than likely, you’re probably going to feel like you have the flu.

The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough and exhaustion. You can treat yourself with over-the-counter cold and flu medications to control the symptoms. Make sure you are monitoring your temperature closely.

Some COVID-19 patients feel body aches, runny nose, sore throat or nasal congestion.

Isolate Yourself

The CDC has very specific guidelines for you if you have the virus.

  • Stay in contact with your doctor. Your physician will tell you if they think you should go to the hospital.
  • Stay home. You don’t need to rush to the doctor unless it’s an emergency. Call your doctor before leaving your house.
  • Don’t share. You should use different plates, cups, towels, bedding and utensils than the rest of your family.
  • Stay in your room. Keep away from the rest of your family.
  • Wash everything. Anything you touch needs to be washed really well.
  • Clean and disinfect.  All of the high-touch surfaces in your room and bathroom need to be cleaned by you if possible. Let a healthy person clean the rest of the house.
  • Wear a face mask. This helps to prevent you from spreading coronavirus infected droplets.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. This applies to when you cough or sneeze to prevent droplets from entering the air around you.
  • Throw away tissues. Use a trash can with a bag and empty it often.

When to Seek Emergency Treatment

Although most of the cases of the coronavirus are mild or moderate, you might have to seek emergency medical care. Some of the warning symptoms include:

  • Blue lips
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain

Ask your doctor if there are other signs to look for. If you have to dial 911, tell the operator you have COVID-19 and try to put a mask on before paramedics arrive.

Getting Your Life Back

You won’t be in isolation forever. Your physician will let you know when it’s okay for you to enter the world again. The most important thing you can do is follow your doctor’s instructions to keep yourself and everyone else safe.

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Copyright 2020, NewsReady.com

3 COMMENTS

  1. Take Vitamins C and D which are to boost your immune system. Also Eldeberry which is a liquid improves your immunity. My daughter works in a Medical Office and these are her recommendations. If you get a cough with a sore throat and a fever, you need to call your doctor and follow his advice. She stated that there are a lot of sinus drainage problems now, and this is not the virus. Stay home, stay safe and stay calm because when you are very stressed it is difficult for your body to fight disease.

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