COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire and no specific vaccine has yet been made to prevent or treat coronavirus. WHO and governments around the world are emphasizing on the importance of social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. Older people are at more risk of contracting this virus than younger people. Symptoms range from mild to severe and could also result in death.
What are the symptoms?
People may experience:
- difficulty breathing (severe cases)
Immediately quarantine yourself if you feel that you’re developing above symptoms, visit the nearest testing facility to get tested. Until the results arrive don’t go out, limit your physical contact and wear a mask.
What to do if you test positive?
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:
- rest and sleep.
- keep warm.
- drink plenty of liquids.
- use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
Follow the steps below
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Wear a facemask.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.
- Avoid touching nose, eyes, and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
- Monitor your symptoms.
When to discontinue self-isolation?
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are under home isolation can end this isolation under the following conditions.
- If you test negative.
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours.
- Your cough or shortness of breath has improved.
- At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.