What To Do After Testing Positive For Covid-19
Updated: Aug 20, 2021
The Covid-19 virus has affected the entire world population due to its extremely contagious nature. To avoid spreading it, It's important to get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or if you have been around large. It can be unsettling if your test comes out positive for COVID-19. There are many questions, anxieties, and steps to take of this is your case. Below are some guidelines on what to do.
What to do?
The first step if you test positive for COVID-19 is to stay in complete isolation for at least 14-15 days. Those in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. It's best to stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if available and always wear a mask even in isolation. Avoid sharing personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils. Immediately contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider for steps on what medication to take. It's important that you stay hydrated, rest, and monitor your symptoms.
Do I need to tell people I’ve been in contact with that I tested positive?
Yes, you should contact people you've been in proximity with and let them know you tested positive. They should get a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 to 14 days from their last contact with you. If the test came out negative the quarantine can be for 7 days. Anyone exposed to the virus should wear their masks at all times to avoid spreading it around.
Diagnostic test after the isolation period
Experts say it is not necessary to get another diagnostic test as it will most likely not be accurate. PCR tests (which is the most common) are very sensitive and can detect virus particles that are dead or not infectious weeks later. In cases of severely ill and immunocompromised patients, a second diagnostic test might be necessary.
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