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COVID-19 has common signs of infection including respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. As we do our best in our self-quarantine, catching COVID-19 is still a possibility. Below is useful information on what to do if you or a loved one catch COVID-19.

Stock up: Absurd amounts of toilet paper don’t need to be at the top of your shopping list. Include items like facial tissue, Acetaminophen, and cough medicine. This is also a good time to get a refill of any prescriptions you may need. Call the pharmacy to request mail delivery. A humidifier can be a useful resource for your isolation.

Separate Yourself: If someone in your household is sick they should stay in a specific room and away from other people in the home as much as possible. The infected individual should use a separate bathroom, if available, otherwise disinfect the bathroom after each use. This also means pets should not be handled during this time. If the infected household members are unable to care for themselves such as a child or elderly, limit to only one caregiver in the household. If someone is sick and must travel or come in contact with others, it is important for them to wear a face mask to limit the spread of illness.

Get comfortable: Be sure to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Get fresh air by cracking the window if the weather is permitting or have an air conditioner nearby to keep cool. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in the household, like dishes, towels, and bedding. Monitor any symptoms by keeping a log of any changes and check your temperature at least twice a day.

Finally, remember to wash your hands often, disinfect high-touch surfaces daily. Binge-watch your favorite television shows, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated during this difficult time. Together we can flatten the curve and limit the exposure rate.