As the omicron variant continues to drive COVID case numbers upward, some individuals may face the prospect of testing positive for coronavirus for the first time, and they may not know what to do if that diagnosis comes.
In the state of Illinois, there have been nearly 2.6 million cases of COVID-19 reported in the last two years, and the past month has seen the highest cases of the entire pandemic in the state.
Fortunately, most cases of COVID-19 end up giving mild symptoms, and there are a number of steps that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you take if you test positive for the virus.
For a complete list of tips, visit the CDC website.
Stay home as much as possible
The first tip is the most obvious tip, as the CDC recommends that you stay home and avoid public areas. Most people experience only mild illness with COVID and can recover at home without medical attention.
As omicron COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions remain high throughout the United States, health officials broke down how best to wear a face mask to prevent becoming infected with the virus. It reports Kate Chappell from NBC 5.
Use the right medication and practice to help manage symptoms
While staying at home, there are over-the-counter medications that can help patients deal with symptoms, but there are also other remedies that may prove helpful.
According to Dr. Emily Landon, an expert in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and Motrin can all be helped in reducing fever, which is a common symptom of COVID.
Body aches have also been reported with COVID and these medications can also help with them.
Individuals are also advised to use chamomile or herbal tea or warm water with lemon to help cope with cough and sore throat. Some other over-the-counter medications have not been shown to be effective in relieving these specific symptoms, according to Landon, but throat lozenges and exfoliating conditioners can help.
For other tips to help deal with symptoms, visit our full guide here.
If a person needs to be around people or animals, even inside their home, they are encouraged to wear a mask.
Distinguish yourself from other people
People who test positive for COVID are encouraged to stay away from people and pets in their homes as much as possible. If possible, use a separate bathroom and try to stay in a specific room as often as possible.
Here is an early omicron symptom that you should keep an eye on as COVID cases increase.
Inform close contacts about your diagnosis
If you have interacted with other people in the days leading up to your diagnosis, you are encouraged to inform them of your positive test so they can take the right steps.
Infected individuals can begin spreading COVID up to two days before experiencing symptoms, according to CDC research.
Monitor your symptoms closely
While most cases of COVID tend to be mild, there are specific warning signs that may indicate that the disease is taking a serious turn.
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
Inability to wake up or stay awake
Pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nail beds
Although this list is not comprehensive about the serious symptoms that may develop, it is strongly recommended that you call 911 or the hospital to warn them that you or someone you know is seeking treatment for COVID-19 so that they proper precautions can be taken. taken.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains when people should be tested for COVID-19.
How long do you need to insulate?
The CDC recently reduced the time that individuals are recommended to isolate after a positive COVID test, and individuals are now recommended to isolate for at least five days.
After the five-day period, if a person no longer has symptoms, then they can leave isolation but are still advised to wear a mask for at least five days after that date.
If a patient still has symptoms, they are advised to stay home until they feel better. After that happens, individuals are advised to still wear a mask for five days after that date.
Individuals are encouraged to seek out an antigen test after the five-day period.
A complete list of quarantine and isolation details can be found here.