If you have tested positive for COVID-19, a lot of thoughts could be running through your head. The most important thing to remember if you have tested positive is to avoid contact with others as much as possible. You will not know for certain if you have COVID-19 until you receive a positive test. If you feel like you have symptoms of COVID, or have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive, come to AFC Urgent Care in New Bedford to get tested.
What to do if you test positive
- Be prepared to quarantine in your home for at least 14 days. Try and limit your exposure to others as much as possible.
- Monitor your symptoms to make sure they are not getting worse. The CDC recommends looking for these warning signs to know when to seek emergency medical treatment.
- Wash your hands as frequently as possible, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or eating any food.
- Wear a mask in the common areas of your home, if you live with others who did not test positive.
- Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Some over-the-counter medications may help with symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect as many surfaces as possible. Any surfaces that get touched a lot, such as door handles or countertops may require frequent disinfection.
- Once the 14 day incubation period is over, it is best to receive another test to know for certain you are no longer contagious.
Many cases of coronavirus are either without symptoms, or the symptoms are not as severe as others. Symptoms can develop anywhere within the 14 day period, and they may become more severe over time. It is possible to become contagious just 48 to 72 hours before experiencing symptoms. It is extremely important to help control the spread by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet while wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This is the best way to avoid catching COVID-19, and the best way to avoid spreading it to others.
If you think you may have had COVID-19 previous to the last two weeks, you may be able to get an antigen test. This is a test to see if your body has the antigens that are designed to fight the coronavirus. This will not tell you if you have an active case, and if you are experiencing any symptoms, you may be directed to receive the rapid, diagnostic test.