According to a press release for a recent study that showed viral shedding for the coronavirus peaks at the 10-14-day mark, transmission “can be effectively reduced by immediate identification, isolation and quarantine of people who show symptoms of the disease.”
Those you’ve been in close contact with need to isolate too — including people you live with
Your positive COVID-19 test means those you’ve been around have been exposed to the novel virus, too, so they’ll also need to isolate.
The CDC considers close contact being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes within 24-hours. This begins two days prior to illness onset — or two days before a test specimen has been collected in the case of asymptomatic individuals — until the time of isolation.
Stay aware of your symptoms
COVID-19 can be mild, moderate or severe for people who have symptoms or you may have no symptoms at all.
Among the most common symptoms for people who have been hospitalized with the disease are fever, fatigue, a dry cough and a loss of appetite, according to WebMD. The website notes that if you experience trouble breathing, constant pain or pressure in your chest, bluish lips or face or sudden confusion, you should seek medical help immediately.
Rest and stay hydrated, but movement is still important
Since the coronavirus is a viral infection, it’s important to follow the same guidance for recovery as you would with any other kind ― resting and drinking fluids. UC Davis Health recommends consuming water or herbal tea and avoiding beverages containing caffeine and alcohol. You can also eat soups.
“You don’t want to overwork yourself but avoid strict bed rest – we don’t want patients to be totally sedentary because we know that patients who move around seem to do better,” Roger Alvarez, a pulmonologist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine told NPR.
Remember your mental health
Isolating can be tough, so it’s important to look after your mental health as well as your physical health.
While you can’t connect with your family in person, you can still take advantage of virtual gatherings, if you’re feeling well enough. Additionally, spend time moving if you can, which can aid mental health. But don’t over exert yourself.
“Any amount of exercise has benefits,” Dr. Daniel Montero, a Mayo Clinic sports medicine physician told the health care company’s news network.