What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19? - Fast&Up

What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19?

Things To do Test Covid-19 Positive - Fast&Up

If your COVID-19 test was reported to be positive, then, it means that genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 was found in your collected specimen and you have confirmed coronavirus disease. Here's what you should do in that case:

1] ISOLATE YOURSELF

The first step to take is self isolation. Do not step leave your room and avoid all possible contact with family members. If possible, even use a separate bathroom. Only if you are required to seek medical care, you should step out of your room. If you need to be around other people or pets in the house, wear a medical N95 mask or double masks.
Do not share plates, glasses, cups, utensils, towels, or bedding sheets and covers with other people at home. Sanitize & disinfect common, high touch surfaces.

2] STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DOCTOR

As soon as you test positive, tele-consult your healthcare provider and follow his instructions carefully. If your symptoms are extremely severe and you are facing shortness of breath, you need to seek immediate medical evaluation.

From the medicines you would be required to take, dietary alterations and additions needed and the course of medicines needed to follow, your registered healthcare provider will guide you in the best possible way. If you have any comorbidities, or are seeking treatment for other pre-existing conditions, make sure to inform your doctor. Keep in mind, self-medication is not advised for covid-19.

3] MONITOR YOUR SYMPTOMS

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Keep a regular check on your health parameters like temperature, SpO2 levels and report the information to your healthcare provider. Those with hypertension and diabetes must keep a check on their blood pressure & blood glucose levels respectively. Check for emergency symptoms like shortness of breath, pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to stay awake, etc. as mentioned by your doctor and seek immediate medical help.

4] INFORM PEOPLE YOU WERE IN CONTACT WITH

Contact the people that you had been in physical touch with, spent more than 15 minutes with, or were at a distance less than 1 metre from you in the past 48 hours and let them know that you have tested positive.

5] STAY HYDRATED

Hydration is vital for Covid-19 positive patients. Due to fever and other symptoms, the electrolytes in the body can get depleted and need to be replenished. Thus, water, along with electrolytes (ORS) is considered as a great option to rehydrate yourself. Turmeric drink, lemon water, etc. are also recommended for good immunity and effective hydration.

6] TAKE STEAM

You must take steam 2-3 times a day or as advised by your healthcare provider. Steam inhalation can help ease respiratory symptoms, and may also support thinning of the mucus in your sinuses, which allows them to clear out easily. It helps you breathe well.

7] EAT HEALTHY

Nutrition is the key to building your immunity and recovering faster. A well balanced diet will help optimize the function of the immune system and restore muscle energy and stamina to beat covid-19 associated weakness & fatigue. Immunity boosting vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc. must be included in your diet. A poor diet will cause nutrient deficiencies and delay your recovery. Do not skip meals and eat at regular intervals. Make sure to not miss any dose of the nutritional supplements prescribed to you as they are highly essential in supporting your immune system during such an illness.

8] STAY CALM & TAKE CARE

Do not panic if you have tested positive. Most individuals recover from covid-19 by following all the recommended instructions and taking good care of their health. Adequate rest with slight physical movements at regular intervals, breathing exercises, mental positivity and covid-19 appropriate behavior will ensure good recovery if your symptoms are not severe.

Wish you a speedy recovery!

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Vaishnavi Gadi

-Expert and Writer

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