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As much as we’d like to forget about the dreaded coronavirus, it’s now another virus that will be here to stay. It’s still very possible to contract it but thankfully many people have built up an immunity throughout the world. Unfortunately, even if you’ve done all you can to protect yourself, you can still get sick.
Here’s some ideas to ask your doctor about on what you can do if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to Covid-19 or are exhibiting any of the symptoms, the first thing to do is to get tested. Different tests have different levels of effectiveness, but a positive test means that you’ve likely contracted the virus.
Even a negative test isn’t always a reason to relax. If you have the symptoms of Covid-19, some local guidelines still suggest that you stay at home wherever possible. You should always keep up to date with these guidelines as time goes on, as advice changes as people learn more. It’s always good to ask a medical professional or your doctor for the advice.
If you’ve tested positive for Covid-19, then you should isolate yourself whenever possible. Stay at home and try to avoid contact with other people, even within your household. The latter isn’t always practical, but this may reduce the chances of them getting unwell also.
You should certainly avoid anyone who is at higher risk from Covid-19. For most people, it’s a relatively mild virus, but for some it can be very dangerous. If at all possible, work from home if you can while you’re symptomatic or for some time after taking your test (Your local governmental guidelines should provide a specific recommended timeline).
If you do need to leave your home, then wear a N95 or greater mask at all times and steer clear of indoor or crowded places. However, you should avoid going out wherever possible. Order your shopping in and cancel any plans. It’s miserable, but it hopefully can help stop virus from spreading especially to people that are in a high risk group.
In some cases, you may need to seek treatment for Covid-19. For help always check with a medical professional or your doctor. Most people will recover on their own, but if you are at high risk or are experiencing severe symptoms, then you might need some extra help. If your symptoms get worse and you’re worried about them, then call the doctor. In extreme cases, Covid-19 patients will need emergency medical help.
Another potential treatment option for some patients is monoclonal antibody treatment. This treatment involves infusing lab-produced antibodies to help your body to fight the virus, essentially giving your immune system a boost. This treatment is best when it’s administered early, as it prevents the virus from getting worse until your immune system can do its job.
Rest and Recover
Everyone who has come down with Covid-19 should rest and recover as much as possible. Rest is the best way to get over a virus like this, as it gives your body a chance to fight it off and get back to normal more quickly.
Some people experience a condition known as long covid, where symptoms can last for months. Unfortunately, there still isn’t much known about this phenomenon, but looking after yourself while you’re ill may reduce the chances of it developing.
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