COVID-19: Tracy’s Guide for Families

Part 1: What to do if you are sick?

Q: What can I do if I am sick?

💁Tracy: If you have mild symptoms, such as low-grade fever, mild dry cough and mild fatigue, don’t panic!

It might be COVID-19 or just an ordinary cold! Following are my suggestions of what you should do to help yourself and protect other people around you.

  • Use CDC’s online Self-Checker to see if you indeed have warning signs and what you need to do next.
  • Stay home.
  • Stay away from others.
  • Call your doctor for medical advice.
  • Get a test for COVID-19, if available.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately! Emergency warning signs include*:
•     Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
•     Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
•     New confusion or inability to arouse
•     Bluish lips or face
* This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. (Source: CDC Website)

Visual Tips: How to stay away from others?

💁Tracy’s Tips on how to take care of yourself and protect others around you if you are sick with COVID-19:

Avoid any public occasion.

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Avoid public transportation.

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Stay in an “isolation” room, use a separate bathroom, if available.

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Restrict contact with pets and other animals.

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Don’t share items with other members of the household.

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Stay a safe distance (6 feet) from other people.

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How to take care of yourself?

  • Stay in contact with your doctor. Call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office.
  • Wear a face mask if you have to go around.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues, dispose used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean your hands often by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Monitor your symptoms:
    • Monitor fever by taking temperatures twice a day.
    • Stay alert for cough or difficulty breathing.
    • Monitor blood oxygen level using a finger pulse oximeter every day, if available. 
    • If your symptoms become more severe, call your doctor immediately.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department.
  • Call 911 if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, notify the operator about it, put a face mask before medical help arrives.
Simple facts about COVID-19
About 80% of people who are ill with mild symptoms are able to recover at home. About 90% of the patients with severe symptoms are able to recover under professional medical care in hospitals.

References

[1] WHO: Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts.

[2] CDC COVID-19 Guideline: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Writing: Jingyi Xi, PotterW et al, Translation: Jingyi Xi, et al, Artwork: Henry Yuanheng Hu

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