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Know What To Do When You Contract Or Are Recovering From COVID-19

Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and medical experts are racing to find a vaccine or a drug to prevent the viral infection. While the local governments are attempting to ward away the rumours, there are still some which continue to become a cause of panic for common public.

In an attempt to bring clarity in the current scenario, a US doctor who is also working in the frontline of this war shared some simple yet useful tips. Dr Faheem Younus is a leading health expert and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Health.

In a series of tweets, Dr Faheem shared valuable information on what to do if you get infected, are recovering or have recovered from COVID-19.

If infected:

The doctor pointed out that almost 90 per cent of patients get better at home and DON’T need a hospital. He suggests going to the hospital if:

  1. Age over 65
  2. Have diabetes, high BP, obesity, cancer, dialysis
  3. Chest pain, limb weakness, blue lips or disorientation
  4. Symptoms worsening after 5 days of diagnosis

Recovering from COVID?

If recovering from the infection, know that you:

  1. Aren’t contagious 10-14 days after symptom onset
  2. Don’t need a repeat RT-PCR test
  3. May have mild symptoms for many weeks
  4. Aren’t likely to get reinfected anytime soon (it’s RARE)
  5. Successfully fought a PANDEMIC. Bravo!

Recovered from COVID

Dr Faheem Younus advises to continue wearing mask, washing hands and avoid crowds. This is because the duration of immunity is unclear and to maintain consistent messaging.

He added that this may sound like overkill and raises more questions but it’s still a good deal and hence do it if you can.

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