For some individuals COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or is completely asymptomatic. These people can often complete their day to day tasks with little physical restrictions. If the infection is mild, should patients still quarantine, even if they feel physically fine not doing so?
Yes, all infected individuals must follow the same guidelines regardless of the severity of their symptoms. Self-quarantining is the only way to protect those around you. Continue reading to learn what other measures should be taken if you get infected by COVID-19.
What is the Likelihood of Contracting COVID-19
There are several factors that affect the probability that an individual will contract illness if they come into contact with COVID-19. Factors include an individual’s age, general health, geographic location, and social and/or cultural differences. The following populations are at the highest risk of contracting symptomatic COVID-19:
- Americans over age 55
- Those with weakened immune systems
- Individuals who are not, or cannot be vaccinated
- Those will other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease
Not only are these populations more likely to develop symptomatic COVID-19, but they are also at a higher risk of complications, as well as experience higher mortality rates.
Remember that you may still carry the virus even if you do not display any symptoms. For this reason, it is important to continue following guidance from government health agencies.
Be Responsible for Containing Your Illness
Pay attention to your own body to identify symptoms of COVID-19 early. If you experience any flu-like symptoms you must stay home and avoid contaminating those around you. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Dry cough
- Muscle Fatigue
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Taste/Smell
Contact or stop in at your local Urgent Care Center for a COVID-19 rapid test if you display any symptoms of respiratory illness.
Do Not Spread COVID-19
If you have contracted the virus there are additional measures you must take to protect others. The first step is to stay home. In addition to quarantining, patients should also heed the following advice to protect their families:
- Stay away from your family, reside in a separate room if possible.
- If available, use a separate bathroom.
- If you must come into contact with family, everyone should wear a mask.
- Keep the house ventilated if space is limited. Open windows.
- Do not put vulnerable populations at risk by caring for infected individuals.
Be responsible. Reach out to all your close family and/or friends that you have recently come into contact with and let them know that they may have been exposed. You can find additional guidance for those living in shared housing or close quarters on the Center for Disease Control website.
Reach Out to Your Local Urgent Care Center
If you think they you may have contracted or come into contact with COVID-19 it is important that you get tested. Urgent Care Centers are located throughout the country and offer COVID-19 rapid testing that provides results in as little as 15 minutes.
Call 911 or visit an emergency department if your condition worsens or you experience severe symptoms. Severe symptoms could include confusion, trouble breathing, or persistent chest pain. This could indicate life-threatening COVID-19 complications.