Although the pandemic has been going on for over a year now, many of us have been lucky enough to not contract the disease or experience any symptoms. However, that does not mean you are in the clear. There is a high chance that you may still get COVID, and when that day comes, it is essential that you know what to do when your exhibit symptoms. This is not only so you can keep yourself safe and well, but also look after those around you and reduce the likelihood of you spreading the disease to others who may be more vulnerable than you.
Self-Isolate and Tell Your Friends, Family, and Employer
It is essential that you self-isolate if you start to feel unwell or have come into contact with someone else who is exhibiting symptoms or has tested positive. By doing so, you reduce the risk of spreading the virus and keeping your loved ones and friends safe. It is ideal that you tell your friends, family, and employer that you are showing symptoms so that they understand why you are self-isolating and will not be seeing them during this period of time.
Not sure what the symptoms of COVID are? The most common symptoms are:
- Dry cough
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nasal congestion
- Red eyes
- Skin rash
- Sore throat
You do not have to exhibit all these symptoms all at once, however, you are likely to show signs of a fever and dry cough if you have COVID.
Order a COVID Test
The best way to know for sure whether you do have COVID is to order on demand COVID testing. By doing this, you can know for certain whether you are positive and have to self-isolate (although it is best for you to self-isolate even if your test comes back negative). A COVID test can provide you with answers as to whether you are sick from the virus or whether it is something else that is making you feel under the weather.
Seek Medical Attention if you Experience Certain Symptoms
If you experience COVID symptoms, then you are expected to stay home and notify your doctor. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do but allow the virus to pass while you care for yourself. However, if you experience certain symptoms, you should call your doctor and seek medical attention. Urgent symptoms that may require emergency attention include:
- Difficulty breathing
Never turn up at your local hospital, however. You need to call ahead to reduce the spread of the virus and to ensure the public is kept safe.
Keep Up to Date with the Latest News
There are many media sources, but you need to ensure that you are getting recent and most up to date news from a trusted source such as the World Health Organization. By doing so, you know the latest numbers, how the vaccine is coping with demand, and whether there are any updates on government-enforced rules and regulations.
Each country has its own way of handling the pandemic, but it is universal knowledge that if you experience any COVID symptoms, you should self-isolate and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Make sure you keep up to date so that you know the latest news as to what is happening with the pandemic.