With the spotlight on COVID-19, it’s only natural to worry if you are at risk or if that sore throat means anything more. On the other hand, if you’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19 or have traveled yourself, it’s a good idea to be cautious. Here are proactive steps you can take.
1. Monitor Your Condition
Be mindful of your symptoms. Make note of the temperature when you have a fever. Keep track of the date and progression of other symptoms, their worsening or improvement. This will help you/your caregiver to brief the doctor properly if needed.
2. Take Precautions At Home
- Use a mask to avoid infecting others when you cough or sneeze. Ask whoever is caring for you to also use a mask.
- Otherwise, too, sneeze/cough only into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of tissues in a closed bin right away.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or clean using a 60% or higher alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Maintain social distancing (3 feet/ 1 meter distance) and avoid contact with other family members.
- Avoid touching things used by others at home. Don’t handle your pets. Ideally, create a separate space for yourself.
- Avoid going out in public or using public transport even to visit the doctor.
- Regularly disinfect surfaces and commonly touched areas like countertops, gadgets, and door handles.
- Stock up on supplies so you don’t have to go out and mingle with others if you are indeed infected.
- Sleep well, eat healthy, drink plenty of warm fluids, and stay hydrated.
3. See A Doctor If You Have Any Of These Warning Signs
If you have respiratory symptoms, get medical help if:
- You have complications or are feeling worse.
- You are elderly and aren’t feeling well.
- You have pre-existing health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease.
If you experience any of these symptoms, get emergency medical care at the nearest hospital:
4. Get The Right Help
Call your local hospital, doctor, or quarantine center and let them know of your condition. They may advise self-quarantine at home or could suggest you come into the hospital depending on your condition and medical history. Remember, our hospitals are under a lot of pressure right now, so head out only if there’s a genuine need.
You can also contact the dedicated coronavirus helpline +91-11-23978046 or use the email id firstname.lastname@example.org set up by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for additional help.