Wellness Wednesday – Testing Positive for COVID-19 with Nurse Lauren
Hi there, Nurse Lauren here with your Wellness Wednesday tips!
Today, let’s chat about what you should do if you in fact test positive for COVID-19. It is very important to make sure that you are getting factual and reliable information. The best resource is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (@CDCgov) recommendations on how to protect yourself and what do to if you are sick. You will also find tips on how to disinfect items, wash your hands, cloth coverings, symptom monitoring, living with someone in isolation and much more. We know that there is a significant rise in cases across the country, with the CDC expecting a continuous surge in the weeks to come. As of December 20, 2021, the Omicron variant has been detected in most states and territories. There are still many unknowns about this variant including how easily it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, or how well available vaccines and medications work against it. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea, take a test to see if you are in fact positive.
If you test positive you should:
- Notify anyone whom you’ve had close proximity.
- Quarantine from others even in your own home.
- Wear a mask in your home.
- Clean your house thoroughly, especially common areas shared by others.
- Wash your hands.
- Notify your doctor.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take over the counter meds to help alleviate symptoms.
- Stay home unless medically necessary to go to the hospital.
This is Nurse Lauren, contributor of NursesNOW, signing off with your Wellness Wednesday tip! Remember to follow these tips if you test positive for the coronavirus.