How Worried Should I Be If I Haven't Gotten COVID-19 Yet?
Even as COVID-19 numbers are slightly declining, it's not uncommon to worry if you have the virus every time you cough or sneeze.
COVID-19 definitely has had all of our stress and anxiety levels way up for the past year, and if you haven't gotten it yet, how nervous should you actually be if you do fall ill from the virus? Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial answers these questions and provides further information.
How Sick Will I Get From the Virus?
While each case is different, the CDC states that most people who get COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and can fully recover at home without requiring special treatment.
Even with this in mind, this virus is no joke. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 500,000 Americans, both young and old. It’s vital to practice the below-mentioned health-safety precautions to lower your risk of getting the virus and to work to slow the spread.
Ways to Prevent Unnecessary Risk
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with others who aren't in your immediate household.
- Wear a face mask in public.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Should I Go to the Hospital If I Get the Virus?
Not necessarily. Healthcare resources are already stretched extremely thin due to the virus, so it’s important to monitor your symptoms and check yourself into the hospital only if it’s absolutely necessary.
If you don’t experience severe symptoms like severe shortness of breath, new confusion or bluish lips or face, there’s a good chance that you can fully recover at home. We’ve listed some ways to do that below.
Ways to Recover From COVID-19 at Home
- Stay adequately hydrated.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Take over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, when needed.
- As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home.
- If possible, use a separate bathroom in the home.
- Eat healthy meals consisting of vitamins and nutrients.
AFC Urgent Care Centennial is here for you during the pandemic and beyond! Call or visit us with any questions or general health concerns.