Over a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the virus still lingers in our communities. Actually, “lingers” might be the wrong word to describe it. The pandemic is still very much a part of reality. As vaccines are finally rolling out, some parts of the world continue to live under strict lockdown rules. Many cities must abide by curfews, businesses remain closed, and people can still not hug loved ones. The virus is out there and still targets anyone from children to seniors.
While we’re all navigating through challenging times, health experts and the public alike know much more about the virus than we did this time last year. However, we’re not in the clear yet. Even if you’ve received your first vaccination shot, you must take precautionary measures when it comes to this virus.
While the idea of having COVID is still scary, we now know the steps everyone must take if they think they’ve been in contact with the virus. Read on to familiarize yourself with those steps, in case you’re concerned about yourself or someone close to you.
Take a Deep Breath; Self Assess
If you’ve been in contact with COVID, you will probably want to scream and rush to the ER as soon as possible. Wanting to do such things is a normal reaction, and crying a little bit might even help you relax. Once you’ve got the initial anxious feelings out of the way, try taking a few deep breaths.
Doing so will help you focus and concentrate on your next steps. You might feel alarmed or worried, but maintaining a sense of calm is essential to your wellbeing. Remind yourself of the millions of people who have had COVID, who are strong and healthy today.
The next step is to take a self-assessment. Remember the most common symptoms:
- High Fever
- A Dry Cough
Take your temperature and reflect on how you’re feeling. Call your doctor or local health clinic if you identify with any of these symptoms.
Get a Test
Taking a test is the best scientific way to know if you’re sick or not. Did you know that you can take a PCR COVID at home test without having to line up with others? Most people don’t want to line up with others who might potentially be sick. Furthermore, it’s best to isolate at home if you’re carrying the virus and asymptomatic. Have a healthcare professional come straight to your house and test you in the comfort of your home.
The next step is to contact your doctor and tell them of your symptoms and concerns. If your symptoms become severe, you may have to get to the hospital to get the right kind of support there. Otherwise, your priority is to stay at home.
If you’ve been near someone who has tested positive for the virus, don’t panic. Follow these three steps, and you’ll know what your next steps will be and that you’re protecting yourself and others.
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