How To Self-Monitor for COVID-19
There are officially more than 5 million cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States alone. After months of social distancing, however, many people are understandably anxious to see their friends and get back to their routines. It’s important not to let your guard down, though. Even a seemingly safe and simple interaction, such as enjoying a brief lunch with a friend on an outdoor restaurant patio, could put you at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
If you think you might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, what should you do? According to public health experts, the best approach is to self-monitor. It’s essential to become aware of a COVID-19 infection as early as possible so you can seek treatment if necessary, minimize your risk of developing serious complications, and avoid spreading the virus to others. Here’s how:
Watch for Symptoms
Based on what is known about coronavirus infections, it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus. The most common signs are fever, shortness of breath, and persistent coughing. Some people also develop:
- A sore throat
- Body aches and general fatigue
- A new loss of taste or smell
Of course, these symptoms are not unique to COVID-19. Even so, if you have them, it’s important to keep a close watch on your health.
Monitor Your Health
Write down any COVID-19 symptoms you are experiencing, even if they are mild. You should also take your body temperature with a digital thermometer twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) and record that information as well.
While you are self-monitoring for COVID-19, avoid contact with others to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. Always cover your coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue and then discard the tissue properly. Perhaps most importantly, you should wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water.
If you become ill and would like to seek medical attention, request a virtual visit with a provider at Medella Urgent Care. You can be prescreened for COVID-19 without leaving your home. We’ll let you know whether you should be tested, answer your questions, and provide other helpful advice. Request a telehealth visit today.