What should I do if exposed to Covid-19?

File Photo | Dr. Farooq Ahmad Ganie

By: Dr Farooq Ahmad Ganie
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, SKIMS, Soura

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may become infected, even if you feel well.

After exposure to anybody who has COVID-19, do the following:

Contact health care provider to find out where and when to get a test.

If testing is not available, stay home and away from others for 14 days.

While you are in quarantine, do not attend your duties don’t go to work, or to public places.

Keep always 1-metre distance from others, even from your family members.

Wear a medical mask when you need to seek medical care.
Clean your hands frequently.

Stay in a separate room from other family members, and if not possible, wear a medical mask.
Keep the room well-ventilated.

If you share a room, place beds at least 1 metre apart.
Monitor yourself for any symptoms for 14 days.

Stay positive by keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or online.

Establish a daily routine and keep to it each day. For example, get up at the same time, have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time. May be do a particular activity at the same time each day such as a walk in the morning, watch a film after lunch, hot chocolate before bed. Routines will help keep a structure and help you feel that you have some control over your day.

This will help you to do away with the negative implications of loneliness, and perception of being isolated.