By Peter Manley
As you are aware of by now, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken over the world by storm. In only a matter of a few months, the virus has managed to infect 213,617 worldwide to date, with 8,791 deaths so far. In the United States alone, there have been 7,687 cases and 117 deaths to date.
With these statistics in mind, it is completely understandable that you may be worried, if not in a state of panic. However, the best thing to do right now is to be positive and follow general guidelines set forth by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization), such as washing your hands and practicing social distancing as much as possible.
But if these measures fail and you feel that you may have fallen sick to the coronavirus, you may be wondering what you should do. To take some of the guesswork out of things, we’re here to help. Here’s exactly what to do when you suspect you have fallen sick to COVID-19.
1. Don’t Panic
Before you begin to take any action, the best first step to take is to remind yourself not to panic. When we panic in times of emergency (such as is the case with the coronavirus), we’re unable to think logically and mindfully. This, of course, can lead to poor decision making which could only make matters worse. So if you feel you are sick, remember to remain calm. Then proceed with these steps.
2. Stay Home & Contact a Health Provider
Getting in your car and visiting the hospital in person puts many others at risk of infection as well. To avoid spreading the coronavirus, stay home and call your healthcare provider instead. Call out of work, do not go to school, and avoid public spaces as much as possible.
If you feel that your symptoms are rather severe, you should still call your health provider prior to arriving at the emergency room. This will give them time to prepare for your arrival. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and inform them of your situation.
3. Make Note of Potential Causes
In an effort to track where you may have gotten the coronavirus from and to protect others around you, jog your memory to recall where you’ve recently visited, who you’ve been in contact with, and if there are any people you know who have shown potential symptoms. Sharing this information with your health care provider will allow them to share this information with officials who can further track the virus and help others who may be affected.
4. Stay Home and Self-Quarantine
Unless your symptoms are severe and need urgent medical attention, your health care provider will likely ask you to stay home for a self-quarantine period of at least two weeks. During this time, it is important that you stay away from others as much as possible. If you live with others, find a way to either remain in your room or ask them to stay with friends or family for the time being. it’s also important that you practice good health and hygiene. Eat healthy foods, drink lots of fluids, and clean up high-contact areas with antibacterial disinfectant as much as possible.
5. Practice Self-Care and Healthy Socializing
Let’s face it––self-quarantining can mean having no physical contact with loved ones for two to four weeks. During this time you may begin to feel lonely and bored, which is no good for your health either. To stay in touch with loved ones, a good idea is to try scheduling regular FaceTime or voice calls. Not only does this allow you to enjoy some much-needed socialization, but it also allows your loved ones to stay updated on your recovery progress as well.
As for boredom, there are many ways to liven up your self-quarantine environment. You can read books, play video games, catch up on your favorite show, or just enjoy some quiet time for reflection and inner peace. If you really want to spruce up your home environment while you’re in quarantine, a Privacy Pop bed tent is a great way to make lounging in your bed more fun and unique. It has the added benefit of helping you get a better night’s sleep, too!