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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.

  • If they become sick, they should also self-isolate until 3 full days (or 72 hours) have passed since they had a fever AND other symptoms are greatly improved AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first started. If the symptoms are mild, they should recover at home. Testing may not be recommended.
  • If the symptoms worsen and a medical evaluation is needed, contact your doctor.
  • If they are not sick (have no COVID-19 symptoms), they should self-quarantine for 14 days AFTER any sick person in the household’s self-isolation period ends. If the asymptomatic person develops symptoms, they should follow the self-isolation instructions above.

 

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.

Your IMA Providers have been monitoring the developments regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and wanted to share up to date information as well as share preparations all patients make.
 
Per Centers for Disease Control recommendations and so that we can assure you are getting the appropriate care and testing, if you meet the following criteria:
  • Fever in excess of 100.4
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Traveled outside the state within the past 14 days or were in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We ask that, rather than come to the office, Urgent Care Center or emergency room, that you stay home and call your primary care physician who can determine what steps should be taken next. If testing is appropriate, your physician can direct you to the best site and the next steps you may need to take.
 
Below are potential preparedness steps from the
American Academy of Family Physicians
that may be taken in case of a Coronavirus outbreak.
 
  • Stock your cupboards with some extra food and cleaning supplies, but don’t hoard.
  • Buy a few extra items each time you are grocery shopping.
  • Shelf-stable foods are good to have on hand.
  • Use your freezer to preserve foods, everything from meats and vegetables to cooked grains and bread. Think about having enough to last for a few weeks.
  • Check your medicine cabinet to make sure you have enough basic medicines on hand such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Think about a back-up plan if schools were to close during an outbreak.
  • Ask your employer for a work-from-home option.
  • If you take daily prescription medication, have as much of a supply as possible.
  • If there is widespread virus in our area, you may not want to go to the store.
  • Distance yourself from others during an outbreak.
To help keep our patients informed, we are sharing this video
from the BBC on how to self quarantine.
 

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:

  • to avoid sick people,
  • wash your hands frequently,
  • sanitize public items like shopping carts, airline seats, doorknobs, etc.,
  • do not touch your face,
  • contain your coughs or sneeze.

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.