Taking Care of Yourself When You Test Positive
So you have been diagnosed with COVID. Your symptoms are not too serious & you have been asked to home quarantine. What do you do next?
- Inform the people you met
Since you just found out, you may have met several people in the days leading up to your positive test. Immediately get in touch with everyone you have met & let them know that they may need to quarantine as a precaution & monitor their health over the coming days.
2. Safety of Vulnerable People
Now, let’s look inside your home. If you live with young children or elderly folks, ensure that they are kept as safe as possible. Try to relocate them. If not, isolate yourself to a particular room & have the rest of your house sanitised
3. Instructions For Your Caretakers
Here are a few things your caretakers must keep in mind — They must wear gloves & masks when bringing you food or handling your utensils. If they are helping you clean the space where you stay, a PPE would be ideal. They must also frequently sanitise & wash hands to keep safe.
When choosing a room for your home quarantine, ensure that it is well ventilated & you have adequate fresh air flowing through the room. This will also help keep your spirits up while you isolate.
Ensure you are drinking lots of fluids. When we say fluids, we do not mean aerated beverages. Water, fresh juices, milk, shakes, & even oral rehydrations syrups when needed.
6. Breathing exercises
Ensure that you carry out breathing exercises regularly so that your respiratory health is kept in check. You can find videos with specific exercises for covid-19 on youtube.
Home quarantine with COVID is not the same as working-from-home. So ensure that you get adequate rest & sleep. If you find yourself feeling exceptionally tired, do not force yourself to work. Instead, choose rest.
8. Temperature checks
Monitor your temperature twice a day. If you find yourself having a fever, take medication as suggested by the doctor. If your fever persists, in spite of medication, contact a medical professional immediately.
9. Monitor Your Oxygen
Purchase a blood oxygen monitor if you do not already have on & check your saturation levels every 4 hours. A saturation of 95 or higher is deemed to be normal. If you find that you saturation has dropped to the low 90s & does not seem to be returning to normalcy, contact a medical professional immediately. You may need oxygen to be provided externally.
10. Critical health condition
If you find that your stats are dipping more than it should & that your condition is rapidly deteriorating, call up your doctor or the COVID hotline in your region & get yourself admitted to a hospital.
Do not assume you are out of the woods just because you feel fine. At the end of a 14 day period, get yourself tested again to see that you are negative. Additionally, your doctor may recommend a chest CT to ensure everything is good & well.
12. Mental Health Check
Testing positive for COVID & having to treat it at home can be a harrowing experience. It is essential that while you take care of your physical health, you also pay attention to your mental health. Speak to a counselor or a therapist if you are feeling low. There are also several therapists in the country who are providing free therapy sessions to COVID patients, their caretaker & people that have lost their friends & family to COVID.
Most importantly & above all, know that this too shall pass, as long as you take all the steps you can from your side. Stay safe & well. We wish you a speedy recovery.