Do you think you might be infected with the coronavirus and are not sure what to do? Here are some simple steps to follow just in case.
Stay Home and Call a Doctor
If you suspect you may be ill, especially with the Coronavirus, it is important to stay home and call your doctor first.
This gives them time to prepare ahead for your visit. It is not a good idea to show up in person, and then tell them you think you might be infected, as it is important to limit the spread to others including the healthcare facility.
Stay Away From Others, Public Areas, and Public Transportation
If you live with others, it is important to isolate yourself as much as possible. Try to stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom.
Limit Contact With Pets and Animals
While there are not yet confirmed reports of animals being infected with COVID-19, it is certainly a possibility and a good idea to avoid contact with animals until more is known.
Wear a Face Mask if Sick
If you are sick, you should wear a facemark while around others or pets, as well as before you enter a healthcare facility or doctor’s office. The CDC and WHO do not recommended wearing a mask unless you are sick.
Continue to Wash Hands and Practice Good Hygiene
Wash your hands on a frequent basis with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important to do after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, using the restroom, and before/after eating or preparing food.
Avoid sharing personal and household items with others such as towels, bedding, eating utensils and cups/glasses.
Keep surfaces clean and disinfected with household cleaners. Some of the most important surfaces include: counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Monitor Your Symptoms While Staying at Home
It is important to stay at home until you are instructed to leave. While at home, if your situation begins to worsen, call your doctor and seek medical attention. Remember to keep facemarks on when around others to prevent them from becoming infected.