What Should You Do If You Tested Positive For Covid-19
If you feel sick with flu-like symptoms, you should assume you have COVID-19 and self-isolate at home. COVID-19 is a viral illness that cannot be treated with antibiotics or antivirals, and there is no vaccine.
Symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can last 2-4 weeks. Some people will have sore throat, body aches, and/or diarrhea. It is spread through person-to-person contact or by touching objects and surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, it is important that you “self-isolate” in the following ways:
1. Stay home, get rest, and drink plenty of healthy fluids (like water, Gatorade).
2. Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. High priority times to wash hands include:
1. After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
2. After using the restroom.
3. Before eating or preparing food.
4. After contact with animals or pets.
5. Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance, such as a child.
3. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants or cough medicine to manage symptoms. Call your primary care provider first if you have chronic health conditions before you take these medications.
4. Do not go to work/school/public areas.
Avoid public transportation/ride-sharing/taxis.
5. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home, particularly people with special vulnerability to COVID-19 infection, such as people age 65 or older, those with immune compromise and health care workers.
6. Do not welcome visitors into your home.
7. Use a separate bathroom, if available, and separate towels.
8. Use separate dishes and utensils.
9. Cover your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue, throwing the tissue away immediately afterwards.
10. People previously diagnosed with COVID-19 should wear a face mask when around other people if they are still having symptoms. People who are well should not acquire or wear facemasks. Avoid sharing personal household items such as cups, dishes, utensils, towels or bedding.
11. Clean high-touch surfaces every day with disinfectant, such as countertops, tables, doorknobs, toilets and computer keyboards.
Please check your temperature and monitor your symptoms daily. Seek prompt medical care if you feel like you are getting worse. Complications of COVID-19 include pneumonia, organ failure, and in some cases, death. Severe symptoms include:
1. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (feeling like you can’t get enough air, gasping, unable to speak without stopping for air, feelings of distress).
2. Weakness, dizziness or chest pain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your doctor primary BEFORE seeking care, or call medical emergency.