Guwahati: ‘Half-baked knowledge is a dangerous thing’ — this quote fits perfectly in today’s scenario. With the cases of people infected with COVID-19 continuously rising across the world, proper and useful information related to the deadly virus is the need of the hour.
Now, since we don’t know everything about the virus, there are several bits and pieces of information that are circulating on different channels. We will help you sieve through what is fake and what is not:
What are the symptoms?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common COVID-19 symptoms have two ranges, mild and severe. It also takes 2-14 days after exposure for the symptoms to materialise which include:
- Shortness of breath
When to seek medical attention?
If and when you develop the emergency warning signs for COVID-19, only then you should seek medical attention immediately. The emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
However, it is advisable to consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that might be severe or concerning.
I think I have the symptoms, what do I do now?
So, if you have a fever or cough, you might or might not have COVID-19. But most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home itself. However, it is very important to keep a track of your symptoms and in case you start showing some emergency warning signs then seek medical attention right away.
I live in a shared space, how can I prevent the spread?
Keep in touch with your doctor: Always remember to call before you plan to get medical care. Also, make sure that you are displaying any of the above-stated emergency warning signs before going to a medical facility.
Stay at home: Many cases of people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are also able to recover from home without medical care. Hence, it is necessary to not leave your house except for medical care (in case you are alone). Even if you do leave the house make sure to take your mask with you.
Avoid public transportation: The fact that you are going to a medical facility is a disclaimer enough that you can infect others as well. Hence, avoid buses, shared rides and shared autos.
Separate yourself from other people: If you are at home and you are going through the mild symptoms of COVID-19, stay away from others as much as possible. Take a specific room, preferably one with a bathroom attached, as that can be used specifically by you.
Wear a face mask: If you are sick it is imperative that you wear a face mask as much as possible when you are around other people this includes your caregiver as well. This is applicable to the caregiver as well.
Cover your sneezes and coughs: Always remember to cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing. If possible in a tissue that can be discarded easily.
Avoid sharing items: Do not share household items such as dishes, utensils, towels, bedding, clothes, etc. Also for the caregiver, it is imperative to thoroughly wash the dishes and any items which have been in close proximity.
Clean your hands: Clean your hands with soap water for at least 20 seconds and if there is no soap or water available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in it.
Disinfect: If you are suffering from the symptoms then do not allow your caregiver to clean your bathroom and your bedroom. The caregiver can continuously clean and disinfect (mostly the common surfaces) but your room and your bathroom must be cleaned by you.
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