How To Self-Isolate URself if U have COVID

Dr Suneetha Narreddy

Infectious Disease Specialist, MD; ABIM

5 min read

Since the pandemic broke out globally, many hospitals and health care centres have been going out of their way to take care of COVID patients, this goes without saying! While the frontline medical workers fight to suppress the virus, it is also UR duty to stay out of harm’s way and self-isolate if UR COVID positive.

If U have a fever, cough or cold, irrespective of the type of infection, U should understand that the virus can spread from person-to-person. It would help if U also took proper care of yourself when U have upper respiratory infections. The most common cause of upper respiratory infections is COVID. There are still other infections which can trigger it even further therefore U should take immediate care without waiting for the report.

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Symptoms Of COVID

  • Cold – runny or stuffed nose
  • Dry cough
  • Throat irritation
  • Weakness, tiredness and fatigue
  • Breathlessness and breathing difficulty
  • Night sweats
  • Chest pain, tightness and pressure
  • Body aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of taste, smell and appetite
  • Diarrhoea

2020 has taught us to stop, think and redefine the purpose of our life. We often blame the injustice in society on “societal norms”, but one must stop to think and ponder on when, why and under what circumstances we’ve created the social norms. Only if one stands up for themselves, a change can occur. It CAN happen overnight as we strongly believe it’s all in the mind-set.

Steps To Self-Isolate URself

  • Stay in a room with an attached bathroom to avoid exposing URself to others.
  • Cover yourself while sneezing and coughing even if UR alone.
  • Wash UR hands frequently, avoid touching UR face, eyes, mouth and other surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect UR room and washrooms to avoid bacteria and germs from breeding in UR room. A clean room and washroom will make U feel even more comfortable and help U feel refreshed and clean.
  • Avoid sharing UR items with anyone even after you’ve recovered.
  • Keep track of UR symptoms, monitor UR heart rate, if U feel UR symptoms are becoming worse, visit the nearest hospital as soon as possible.
  • Buy a COVID self-care kit which has pulse oximeter, immunity-boosting medicines, sanitizer, gloves, mask, etc.
  • If U have any doubts, it is best to consult a doctor online instead of physically visiting the hospital if it isn’t an emergency.
  • In case of an emergency, go to the nearest hospital as soon as U can.
  • Try doing Pranayama, Anulom Vilom and other breathing exercises, which will ease any chest congestion or breathing difficulties.

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Rules For COVID+ Caretakers

  • For the people who are supporting the person in isolation, they should not leave the house if they live in the same house.
  • While taking food to the person in isolation, make sure U don’t come in contact with the COVID+ve individual. Place the food at the doorstep and advise the person to take it only when U leave.
  • If that is not possible in case of an immovable person, then it is best to maintain at least six feet distance from the person, while wearing a mask until U leave the room.
  • Avoid washing the COVID+ person’s clothes, utensils and bed sheets.

What To Do If U R Staying Alone & Have COVID?

  • If UR isolated alone, then it is even more imperative for you to stay safe and optimistic about the current situation, by being mindful of UR health and emotions.
  • Have all UR family members and doctors’ numbers on speed dial in order to contact them during emergencies.
  • Write notes/post-it’s with positive affirmations and reminders that help U get through each day by URself.
  • If in any case, U are living in a room that does not have an attached bathroom, then a separate toilet has to be used. There should at least be a gap of 30 minutes after a COVID positive person uses the toilet. The shared bathroom should have adequate ventilation facilities by keeping the windows open or exhaust running at all times.
  • Indulge in any activity of UR liking, ensure that it is not strenuous and doesn’t deplete you of UR energy levels.
  • Two or more people who are COVID positive do not need to isolate themselves from each other, but they should remain isolated from everyone else who is negative.
  • Don’t skip UR current medicinal course and order medicines online, instead of venturing out.
  • Order UR medicines, groceries and other essential items by using smartphone applications.
  • Stay in touch with UR loved ones by video calling, phone calls and messages. This can help U feel better and lift UR spirits while UR alone in isolation.
  • Talk to someone if UR feeling down and out, don’t take UR mental and physical health for granted.

How To Stay Motivated & Positive During Isolation?

One aspect we may fail to recognize while isolating at home is the importance of mental health. Even though many of us are used to being alone, self-isolating is a new lifestyle, which we are not used to. There are many exciting things one can do while in isolation.

How to stay positive during self-isolation

  • Try a new hobby, learn something new and improve UR current skillset.
  • Engage in minimal physical activity, stretching or yoga.
  • Maintain an exercise or fitness routine; make sure you are not wearing URself out though.
  • Engage UR brain by watching a movie or a sport
  • Practice meditation and mindfulness.
  • Volunteer in UR locality.

Stay home, stay safe and healthy!