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You took a COVID-19 test and it came back positive. More than a year after the start of the pandemic, this may seem like a frightening situation, especially with the delta and lambda variants of the circulating virus. Before you do anything else, take a deep breath and recognize that the result is stressful.
"If you test positive for COVID-19, or if you are a parent and your child have tested positive, it's going to be a stressful day, "says Robin Coleman, co-founder of Contakt World and editor at Johns Hopkins University Press. "This means it 'sa good idea to think [what to do] ahead of time so that when the time comes, you already know where to start.
Coleman makes a good point. No matter how careful you are, or even if you are vaccinated, there is a chance that you can catch COVID-19 - and it is important to be prepared for it. With the help of several COVID-19 experts, we've established this timeline to help you navigate a coronavirus diagnosis. Coronavirus Update
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Step 1: Go home or stay home
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First: as soon as you receive a message that you have tested positive for COVID-19, go home (assuming you are not already). If you are at work or in another public place, continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask and gloves and social distancing from others. Try to get home without stopping elsewhere.
If you live with other people, be it your family, a partner or roommates, encourage them to stay at home as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Isolation for people with COVID-19:
- Isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms first appeared (or 10 days from when you get a positive test if you haven't noticed any symptoms); and
- until at least 24 hours have passed without fever, without the use of fever medication; and
- other symptoms of COVID-19 improve.
The CDC notes that the loss of smell and taste can persist long afterward your recovery.
For people who have known or suspected close contact with someone ill with COVID-19, the CDC recommends a 14 day quarantine . However, the CDC recognizesthat some local health agencies have approved shorter quarantine options, including 10 days without symptoms or seven days with a negative follow-up test.
Step 2: Make sure your kids aren't going to hospital 'school
When a family member tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated family members should self-quarantine because they have been directly exposed. This includes children.
"School districts across the country have policies in place for this specific scenario," says Dr. Michael Huang, national medical director of Marathon Health. If your child is attending school in person, call the school and ask the administration to find a safe way to get your child home from school, as well as get all the items that he might need to finish his homework.
"It can be as easy as a friend picks up and drops the items on your porchto make sure no one is exposed in the swap, "says Huang.
If you can't arrange pickup and drop off your kids and their items, ask management from school if someone can accompany your child to an outdoor pickup location where you can pick up your child without getting out of the car.
Step 3: Start informing people
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As soon as you have your diagnosis, write down the names of all people you've spent time with recently, Coleman says. "The more time you spend with someone, the closer the proximity and the less safeguards in place, the higher the list should be.
He explains: "Think to like this: If you've been breathing the same air as someone for more than a few minutes, you want their name and contact details ready for a contact tracer call, which would ideally be in the day after your diagnosis. "
If you are contacted by a tracer, they will also contact everyone you have on your list. However, sometimes contact tracers have limited capacity and may not contact you on the day of your diagnosis. For this reason, it is important to directly inform anyone with whome you have been in contact recently.
Use these categories to help you determine who to notify: home, work, school, leisure. "The people you spend the most time with will be the most at risk and it will be very important for them to get tested and quarantined away from anyone else in their household," said Coleman. "There 's no reason, sons, to be shy about letting people know you have COVID-19. It will give them the ability to keep loved ones safe. ' "
Step 4: Line up help for potential guarding scenarios
As you browse your contact search list, ask your friends and family to trust if they are available and willing to help when needed. This especially applies to single parents or caregivers. If you get very sick, who will take care of the people you currently care for?
"Unfortunately, there are no easy answers here " says Dr Chad Sanborn, pediatric infectious disease specialist at KIDZ Medical Services. This is not a common scenario, it certainly can and does happen. I would have some sort of plan for this possibility, especially if one or both parents work in a high risk profession or have risk factorsto become very sick from COVID-19. "
In general, it is better to keep the elderly away from COVID-19, so grandma and grandpa should not be your first call if you can avoid it, says Sanborn. If you have siblings, good friends, in-laws, or even coworkers willing to help, ask them first.
Sanborn reminds parents and caregivers to take care of themselves: "While it is natural to think of your child before himself, you must remember to drink fluids, try to rest and see a doctor if you really don't feel well, "he says. " You won't help your family much if you don't care for yourself and end up really sick. . "
Step 5: Explain the scenario to your children
Tell your child how you have COVID-19 can seem overwhelming, especially if your toddlers have expressed fear virus in the past.
"Por the little ones, it may be better not to talk about the term 'COVID' at all and to refer to the disease as a common cold, ”says Sanborn. "I wouldn't be lying if I was asked directly if you have COVID-19 infection, but sometimes young children can be very scared of this disease.
Don't forget either that your children may sense your anxiety or fear, says Sanborn. "Show the little ones that you can eat, drink, talk, smile and laugh despite illness, even if only briefly," he encourages. "Talk a bit about what you're going through with them in order to demystify it.
For older children, especially those who may be more familiar with masks and social distancing, it's probably best to talk honestly about the situation and make them feel comfortable asking questions, says Sanborn. Make sure your children understand that everyone is better able to adhere to the guidelines.When you're at home, the quicker your housekeeping will return to normal.
Step 6: Take inventory of your home
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After testing positive for COVID-19, expect to stay home for a while. Take stock of kitchen and bathroom essentials bath, as well as any other necessary.
Write down anything you might need over the next two weeks, for yourself and for any family members or roommates who will also be staying at home.
You may find it helpful to think by categories: food, liquids, medications, toiletries, paper products like towels and toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and comfort items.
Step 7: Order what you need via delivery
If this option is available to you, the best way to get what you need is via contactless delivery , whether you are using an app or a friend is dropping off items.
Step 8: Take care of yourself with symptom management at home
Mild cases of COVID-19 can be treated at home with rest,s fluids and colds and fever medicine, says Huang.
It is also important to eat nutritious foods, even if you don 't have an appetite. Blending fruits and veggies into smoothies can help you get the calories you need if you don't feel like eating. Add protein powder for more calories and fullness.
Step 9: If symptoms worsen, see a doctor
A nurse checks the temperature of a COVID-19 patient at the MICU at Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 24, 2020 in New York City. Robert Nickelsberg / Images
Testing positive for COVID-19 by itself does not mean that you will need to go to the hospital, says Huang, but it is always a good idea to touch base with your health care provider over the phone after your diagnosis.
Most people are able to treat their COVID-19 symptoms at home, but if you experience severe or sudden symptoms, including difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion or altered mental state, inability to wake up or stay awake, weakness or bluish discoloration of the lips or face, consulget a doctor immediately, urges Huang.
If you see a doctor, be aware of your treatment options and ask your doctor about you explain in detail anything you don't understand. According to Brian Foster, CEO of BioIncept, a pharmaceutical development company, common therapies for COVID-19 hospital patients include supplemental oxygen with high-flow oxygen, non-invasive ventilation, or ventilation. mechanical ; dexamethasone (a glucocorticoid or steroid); and remdesivir (an antiviral agent).
Step 10: Navigate the emotions
Finally, getting a COVID-19 diagnosis can lead to a lot of strong and unpleasant emotions. Alyza Berman , licensed clinical social worker and founder of the Berman Center , declares that any person tbeing positive for COVID-19 must be prepared for what she feels like the stages of grief:
- Shock and denial
- Pain and guilt
- Shame and depression
It can be difficult to do everything you need to do while going through these great emotions, says Berman. But it's important to take your diagnosis seriously and follow public health guidelines, she stresses.
"While part of the battle is to physically defeat COVID, the other half is to maintain mental strength and control your sanity," Berman said. Staying mentally stimulated while being isolated, talking to people on the phone, expressing your feelings about the diagnosis, and taking care of your physical health to the best of your ability will help, she says.
If you do get vaccinated if you have had COVID-19?
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Health experts recommend that people continue to get vaccinated even if they have already contracted COVID-19 in the past because "the protective neutralizing antibodies that your bodies produced because do not last forever, "says Dr. Stephen Russell, CEO and co-founder of Imanis Life Sciences .
" The year titlesNeutralizing antibodies are generally lower in people who have recovered by a mil d and higher in people who have had a more severe infection, but in all cases they drop after the infection is over.
If the antibody levels have fallen to a very low level, there is a risk of reinfection, says Russell. "A dose of vaccine given three months after your recovery from COVID-19 will increase the protective antibody levels, which will result in a much longer period of protection against reinfection than would otherwise be the case. "
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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute not health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have about a medical condition. health or health goals.