Feeling anxious after stepping out for a bit to do some grocery shopping is kind of normal these days, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But if you feel like you might have contracted the novel coronavirus or someone who lives with you did, don’t panic. The best way to handle the situation is to stay calm and focus on the necessary steps to confirm your suspicion. Moreover, you need to know how to take care of yourself or the other person while waiting for diagnosis.
CNET has come up with a guide on the necessary things to do if you think you or a person who stays with you in the house appears to have contracted COVID-19. The guide is based from the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from information given by COVID-19 survivors.
Speak to your family doctor: According to the media outlet, the first thing to do if you have symptoms is to contact your physician. You also need to ask if you are eligible for coronavirus testing based on the symptoms and what steps you should take.
Isolate: The next step is to isolate if you’ve not done so already. Keep distance from other people if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who showed symptoms. If another person in your house shows signs of the disease, this person should be isolated from others inside the living space. Isolation should be implemented until you or the other person is tested and the results are negative.
Practice safety guidelines recommended by public health experts. You should wear a face covering if you must interact with other people in the house. Washing hands, keeping the house sanitized and disinfecting surfaces are also vital.
Ensure proper ventilation. Experts are currently investigating airborne transmission of COVID-19 and the World Health Organization has updated its website to indicate the spread of the virus is possible within enclosed spaces with limited ventilation. As a result, good ventilation in homes where someone is infected is important.
Monitor symptoms: You should monitor symptoms frequently, whether it is you or someone else in your home. Report any worsening or new symptoms.
If the test is negative, you can return to your usual routine – with safety precautions – amid the pandemic. If testing is not available, the CDC states that you can only leave break your quarantine if you no longer have the symptoms, specifically if you have no fever for the past 72 hours without taking any fever-reducing medication.