COVID-19: CDC guidelines after a positive test

The coronavirus variant omicron continues to infect humans and only increases the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

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As the number of cases increases, there is an increased chance of being tested positive for COVID. For some, it may be the first time they test positive.

This may make you wonder what to do if you do if this diagnosis comes.

Fortunately, many of the new COVID cases produce milder symptoms.

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Important guidelines for handling a positive COVID-19 test

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home as much as possible. The CDC recommends staying home and avoiding public areas. Most people who test positive for COVID experience only mild illness and can recover at home without professional medical attention.

Over-the-counter medications and home remedies can help combat the symptoms associated with COVID. Fever and body aches are common symptoms.

Dr. Emily Landon, an expert in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago, says that Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and Motrin help reduce fever as well as pain in the body.

Chamomile or herbal tea or even warm water with lemon is recommended for those who suffer from cough and sore throat. Throat lozenges and conditioners with swelling dizziness can also help.

Landon says some of the over-the-counter medications have not been shown to be effective in treating these symptoms, but these remedies should help.

If you test positive but still need to be around people or animals, even inside the home, you are encouraged to wear a mask.

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Symptoms and isolation explained

It’s a reality for many people who have and want to test positive for COVID, which they can not isolate.

Do your best to stay away from the other people and pets that are in your home. Try to stay inside a specific room and use a separate bathroom if possible.

CDC research says that people who have been infected with COVID can begin to spread up to two days before they begin to experience symptoms.

Therefore, it is important to inform the people you have been in close contact with before your diagnosis that you are positive.

Most people who test positive for COVID will only experience mild symptoms. However, there are symptoms that are much more severe and warrant a hospital visit or a call to 911.

These include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake up or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nail beds

Isolation for a positive COVID test was recently halved by the CDC. It is now recommended that you isolate yourself for at least five days. If the symptoms are gone after five days, they may leave isolation. It is recommended that you continue to wear a mask for an additional five days after leaving the insulation.

If the symptoms persist after the five days of isolation, stay home until you feel better. When you feel okay again, wear a mask for five days from that date.

Best practice is to find an antigen test site near you after the five day period.

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