COVID-19 – What to Do if Diagnosed?
What to do if you get sick with COVID-19 and don’t have to be hospitalized?
Stay home except to get medical care is the advice of the CDC. Stay in touch with your medical provider and follow their advice because they have your specific information. The following are general guidelines form the CDC.
- Stay home:People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to recover at home. It’s best not to leave except to get medical care. Monitor for increasing symptoms and report those to your medical providers.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. Ask the medical provider about over the counter medicines that might be of help with symptoms. There is no cure or vaccine yet. However, general self-care like drinking fluids and resting can help most people that are recovering.
- Avoid public transportation:Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis if the medical provider indicates you have COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19.
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.
- Stay away from others:As much as possible, you should stay in a specific sick room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Limit contact with pets & animals:You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.