Did you forget what to do if you get COVID? Here’s a refresher.
A new posse of infectious Omicron variants are causing more people to come down with COVID-19, and some are getting extremely sick. In early September more than 800 people in South Africa and a smaller number in Botswana were found to have Omicron. The World Health Organization characterized it as a “variant of concern” which means there’s reason to believe it spreads faster, reduces protection from vaccines, or evades antibody treatments.
So, what should you do if you get COVID?
Getting sick with COVID can be extremely challenging, both physically and mentally. It’s important to know what steps to take if you find yourself in this situation. Here is a refresher on what to do if you get COVID:
- Isolate: The first and most important step is to isolate yourself. COVID is highly contagious, and isolating yourself will prevent the spread of the virus to others. Stay at home and avoid contact with people, especially those who are at high risk of severe illness.
- Notify close contacts: If you have been in close contact with anyone in the days leading up to your diagnosis, it is important to let them know so that they can take necessary precautions and get tested if needed.
- Monitor your symptoms: COVID symptoms can range from mild to severe. It is important to monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical attention if they worsen or if you experience any emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing or persistent chest pain.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids is important to stay hydrated and support your body’s immune response. Water, herbal teas, and clear broths can be helpful in maintaining hydration.
- Rest and take care of yourself: Getting enough rest is crucial in helping your body fight off the virus. Take it easy, prioritize self-care, and listen to your body.
- Take over-the-counter medications: Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate symptoms such as fever or body aches. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medications, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.
- Follow medical advice: It is important to follow the advice and recommendations of healthcare professionals. They will provide guidance on when it is safe for you to end isolation and return to your normal activities.
- Continue practicing preventive measures: Even if you have already contracted COVID, it is important to continue practicing preventive measures such as wearing masks, washing hands regularly, and maintaining physical distance. This will help protect others and prevent the spread of the virus.
Remember, getting COVID can be a difficult experience, but there are steps you can take to take care of yourself and minimize the spread of the virus. Isolate yourself, notify close contacts, monitor your symptoms, stay hydrated, rest, take over-the-counter medications as needed, follow medical advice, and continue practicing preventive measures. By following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself and others during this challenging time.