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Don’t panic. Most people who have COVID-19 have mild illness and can be managed at home without needing to be in the hospital or receive additional care.
You will be asked to isolate yourself at home until 7 days after you first developed symptoms AND 72 hours (3 days) after your fever has ended and your symptoms have significantly improved (whichever period is longer). If you have trouble figuring out when to stop isolation, contact your local health department (732-615-2195) or your doctor.
If you are in home isolation and your symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor and seek advice. If you are under home isolation, experience a medical emergency and need to call an ambulance, dial 9-1-1 and alert dispatch that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently isolating at home.
If you live with other people and they were not tested, they should keep their distance from you. You should isolate yourself in a separate room with the door closed and use a separate bathroom as much as possible. This includes eating meals together in your room and not sitting around the house together. Practice social distancing as much as is possible (stay at least 6 feet from each other).
What should I do about the other people in my home?
They should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
What if I’m a close contact to someone with COVID-19 but I’m not sick?
You should stay in self-quarantine at home and monitor your health for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work and should avoid public places during this time period. If the person with COVID-19 lives in your home, do your best to separate yourself from them until they are taken off their home isolation instructions.
If you suspect you could have been exposed to Covid 19, it is best to seek advice via telephone rather than go to a physician office, Urgent Care Center or the ER.
If you suspect you might have Covid 19, it is recommended that you quarantine yourself for 14 days. That means do not go to work and stay in your bedroom with the door closed. Order your groceries online or ask someone to do any shopping for you. Have them leave the items outside your door. Avoid sharing a bathroom, towels, kitchen utensils, glasses, etc. Clothing should be washed separately.
All cases can be traced to the patient having been in one of the infected areas, or in contact with someone already infected with Covid-19. There have been no spontaneous cases.
The best way to avoid illness is:
There is no test for Covid 19 available (other than through the CDC)
There is no medication to treat Covid 19
Treatment is targeted at controlling symptoms with items like over the counter cold and flu medications
Covid 19 infection is relatively mild in 4 out of 5 patients
Those patients most at risk of severe infection are the elderly and the infirm (those with chronic medical conditions)
The United States is almost totally unaffected by Covid 19
In the US, we are much more likely to contract a common cold or the flu.
Any questions, phone or email your IMA Provider.