WHAT MUST I DO – I’VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU’R COVID-19 POSITIVE
I have tested positive for COVID-19, but only have mild symptoms – What must I do?
The only way to confirm the positive infection is through a coronavirus test carried out by a qualified doctor or nurse and sent to a laboratory for outcome testing. Recently rapid testing using Rapid Testing Kits has been approved by health regulators in certain countries. The Coronavirus Rapid Diagnostic Test and can give you outcomes/results as quick as 15 to 45 minutes depending on the country and type of test kit. Rapid Testing kits are not widely available. They are currently being manufactured with urgency in various countries.
Once you confirmed positive for Covid-19 your case will be reported by your healthcare provider. This is a legal requirement. This will be done confidentially to so that the Department of Health can keep track of all official Coronavirus cases. You may be required to disclose any recent travel and close contacts to assist in containing the spread of the virus.
Your local hospital physician will advise you in the following instances of mild infections:
a. People with confirmed coronavirus disease, i.e. those with a positive laboratory test result, who have been asked to isolate at home. b. Those living in households with someone who has confirmed coronavirus disease.
- Do not panic or stress. Most people with mild illness will start feeling better within a week of first symptoms.
- The laboratory test will not be able to tell you if you are at risk for more severe illness because the result is only reported as positive or negative for the coronavirus. However, your healthcare provider will asses each individual case in terms of your current coronavirus illness and your other risk factors for more severe illness (i.e. older age, serious underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and immunosuppression, hypertension, etc.) Only low-risk cases will be required to self-isolate.
- You may continue to experience the typical symptoms which include a fever, cough and mild shortness of breath.
- There is no medication for this infection, your bodies immune system will need to fight the disease until you start recovering.
- Have your healthcare provider’s contact information on hand for emergencies – this could be your GP or your nearest local clinic/ hospital.
- Only take over-the-counter medications if you have discomfort, fever or pain. Use all medication according to the instructions given and labeled and do not exceed the recommended dose. Continue taking your prescribed chronic medication.
- Rest as much as possible at home and drink enough water to stay hydrated “the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon per day. This will keep you hydrated and ensure your urine remain clear. A pale clear color is what you are looking for.
- If you not alone in your house, avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick or have underlying health conditions.
- Stay at least 2m or … feet away from others in your house.
- When in contact with others, always wear a mask if available.
- Avoid touching or any contact with pets and animals.
- Do not sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding – after using these, wash them well.
- Clean your room or area every day. Use a good quality bleach regular household disinfectant containing sodium hypochlorite (make this using 1 part 5% bleach to 9 parts water). If a carer or someone cleans your sick room/area, they must use personal protective equipment other than yourself. This PPE (personal protective equipment) includes a mask, single-use gloves and a plastic apron while cleaning. All PPE must be disposed of after cleaning in a closed bin.
- Only discontinue home isolation in consultation with a healthcare provider (usually 14 days) after the infection.
My mild COVID 19 symptoms have gotten worse quickly- What must I do?
Your physical and mental condition has changed for the worse, it has destabilized QUICKLY. Critical full-blown COVID-19 emergency signs have emerged. Emergency procedures are required immediately. You need to get to emergency/critical care assistance ASAP.
I have diligently done as my physician has instructed during self-isolation.
I was told! “Monitor your symptoms, if your mild symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately, should it worsen quickly and all emergency warning signs are visible, get medical attention immediately.”
What Emergency warning signs include:
- Increased difficulty breathing
- constant chest pain or pressure in your chest
- coughing up blood
- severe drowsy/sleepiness
- blue lips or face.
Call Emergency services or hospital
Ask a member of your household to call your nearest hospital or emergency services immediately and notify them that you have confirmed coronavirus disease that has deteriorated rapidly. Have your emergency contact numbers at hand.
Transportation to Hospital
1. Do not take public transport to the hospital, avoid infecting others.
2. Preferably use private transport with windows rolled down.
3. If you do not have any transport, call emergency services for an ambulance.
4. Wear a face mask when you travel to the hospital for emergency care.
5. If someone is taking you to the hospital they must wear a mask.
6. Clean and disinfect themselves and the vehicle after you are dropped off.