What To Do if You Are Sick ?
Call the doctor: If you have symptoms like fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing, call the nearest healthcare service for medical advice.
Steps to avoid spreading COVID-19 if you are sick:
By following the below steps, you can protect people in your close contact from getting exposed to COVID-19.
Avoid exposure in a public place
- Individuals who are mildly infected by COVID-19 can get recovered at home. Stay home except to get medical advice and care. Do not visit public places.
- Stay in touch with the doctor to get proper advice. Call before visiting healthcare services for medical care. You can call for a medical emergency if you feel worse.
- Avoid using public transportations, taxis, carpool, and ride-sharing.
- Stay away from people in your home as much as possible. Use a separate bathroom and accessories, if possible.
- You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, as this virus affects animals as well.
- Although there are no suspected cases of pets or other animals affecting COVID-19, it is better to restrict contact with animals for the time being.
Call before visiting healthcare organizations
You should take prior appointments for healthcare organizations or emergency services and inform them that you are suspecting COVID-19.
This helps healthcare providers protect themselves and other patients from being infected.
Wear face mask
- You should wear a mask when you are in contact with other people or while visiting healthcare organizations.
- If you have trouble breathing, isolate yourself completely from people in your house or ask them to wear a mask when they are in close contact. Only caregivers should come in contact with a sick person and should wear a facemask.
Cover while coughing or sneezing
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing so that respiratory droplets do not fall on others.
- Dispose of tissues immediately after using them. Wash the handkerchief immediately after coughing and sneezing and use a new one.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Use a medical hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol in case of non-availability of soap and water.
Clean your hands frequently
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds especially after cleaning your nose, sneezing, or coughing, going to the washroom; and before eating and preparing food.
- Use a medical hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol when you are in a public place. Put 2-3 drops on your palm and rub it on all surfaces of your hands until it dries.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share dishes, glasses, cups, towels, bed and other accessories with your family members.
- Wash all items thoroughly after use.
Maintain cleanliness and disinfect
- Regularly clean all the high-touched surfaces in your isolated areas. In case you are feeling weak, let the caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like phone, remote control, table, doorknobs, handles, desks, light switches, bathroom fixtures, countertops of home except for a bed and bathroom.
- The caregiver should wear a mask while cleaning the bed and bathroom of a sick person and should not clean immediately after the sick person has used it.
- Clean and disinfect areas that are dirty or may have blood, body fluids, or stool on them.
- Clean the complete house with soap or detergent and water, and use disinfectant.
- Family members should wear gloves and have proper ventilation in the house.
Observe your symptoms
- Take a prior appointment with the doctor and seek medical care if your illness is worsening.
- Inform your symptoms to a doctor on the phone. He will rightly advise you on what should be done immediately.
- Wear facemask while going to healthcare organizations and keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from people around. This will protect people and patients in healthcare organizations from exposing themselves to the virus.
- Follow instructions from your local health authorities on checking symptoms and reports.
Cayman - Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and notify the operator that you are suspecting COVID-19
When to discontinue isolation
People infected with COVID-19 and are isolated at home can discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
If you have not confirmed the diseases with the test but have symptoms of it then you can leave the house only when
- you have no fever for at least 72 hours.
- There’s an improvement in sneezing, coughing, and other symptoms.
- It’s been 7 days since your symptoms first appeared.
If you have confirmed the diseases with the test then you can leave the house only
- When you have no fever after stopping all medication
- Improvement in other systems.
- When you received two negative tests in a row within a gap of 24 hours.
You should not discontinue isolation without consulting healthcare professionals.