One thing you must not do when you think you have Covid 19 is panic. The wise thing to do is stay calm and take the right next steps.
Getting tested is important for several reasons. Firstly, you will have your doubts cleared, and have confirmation instead of mere suspicion. Secondly, you can start acting earlier and faster so your condition does not get worse, and also so you wouldn’t be putting those around you at risk.
You might want to take a Rapid Antigen Test which is quick and reliable, and widely available at medical centres. Look up ‘Rapid Antigen Test Melbourne’ on the web to find centres closest to you where you can get yourself test kits.
Stay in Touch with Your Doctor
Reaching out to a doctor and staying in touch is important, even if you have very mild symptoms and feel almost fine. Your doctor should be able to decide whether you can opt for home-care, or if you need more treatment at a hospital or medical centre. When you are a confirmed case of Covid 19, you need to make sure you call the medical centre before you visit. They’d be prepared with all protective measures when they receive you.
The more you isolate yourself and stay home, the lesser the risk of others being infected. It can be tough when you are sharing a room or so. Nevertheless, try your best to have arrangements made so you have a room and a bathroom for yourself, so the rest of the members at home, including pets, have zero contact with you or your dwelling space.
Ideally, you will isolate yourself for at least ten days from the time you receive a positive test result. However, it is best to get your doctor’s opinion and advice and follow accordingly.
One of the worst mistakes most make is not caring for themselves enough when their symptoms are mild. However, a lot of rest and hydration is required, irrespective of how mild or severe the infection is. You should be able to have symptoms like fever and pain under control with over the counter medications. However, you need to take complete care of yourself at home. Avoid binging on movies through the night for instance, when you are supposed to sleep and rest more than you usually should.
Consider Your Close Contacts
You have enough free time to stop and recall who you had close contact with a few days before you started having symptoms. Think of the places you visited and the people you met. Reach out to them if you could so they are informed and can take measures before it is too late. You might need to give this information to some of the authorities who reach out to you. Make sure your information is as accurate as possible.
Clean Your Things and Surroundings
Start by washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a good sanitiser. Disinfect items you are in contact with, such as phones, tv remotes, dishes, cups or glasses, as well as bedding items. Completely avoid sharing them or letting others come in contact with them when you have Covid 19. Clean the surfaces around you, too, such as tabletops, armrests, door handles and knobs.