Now that more people are starting to get sick and (importantly!) more people are starting to get tested, more and more of us are going to be faced with knowledge that we have been exposed to someone with the virus.
How worried should you be?
According to the Dept of Health and Human Services, here is a breakdown of your risk:
- No risk: Walking by, or briefly being in the same room as a person who has symptoms (fever and cough) and tested positive for COVID-19
- Low risk: Being in the same room as a person with symptoms who tested positive, but not within 6 feet
- Medium risk: Sustained close contact (for 10 minutes or longer) within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 while they had symptoms
- High risk: Close household contacts of someone with confirmed COVID-19
What should you do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Stay home to help reduce the spread of the infection (even if you don’t have symptoms, you could spread it to someone else!)
What should you do if you get sick?
CALL your doctor or the health department. Please don’t go (unless you are having trouble breathing).
- at this time they have no medicine to treat this anyway
- there is a shortage of safety equipment like masks to protect medical staff. We need to save the equipment for hospital staff who need it the most and not use it up seeing people who are only mildly ill
- we still only have limited tests (we just can’t test everyone).
More masks and tests are coming, but right now we just don’t have the equipment we need. If you are only mildly ill, please CALL your doctor and let them help determine whether you need to be seen or tested. Only go to the ER if you are having breathing problems or are seriously ill.
Please stay home and practice social distancing. The more we slow the spread of the virus, the more lives we can save. Please think of the healthcare workers who are working in the hospital without adequate masks and protections, the elderly (including your relatives!) and people with underlying conditions who are at increased risk.
For patients of Signature Wellness: if you have questions and are looking for guidance, please send us message in the portal and we’re happy to help.
Stay home and stay safe,