Staying Safe If You’ve Been Exposed To A Person Who Has Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a serious disease and if you have urgent concerns, you should contact a healthcare provider.
Harvard Health Publishing has recently provided some guidance for people who have been exposed to another with COVID-19.
With the wide range of COVID-19 symptoms and severity, guidance depends on a person’s current situation.
Most second steps are to isolate to slow the spread, just in case you did catch it. COVID-19 may appear as symptomatic or asymptomatic so a person’s time with coronavirus may range from no impact to moderate sickness all the way to heightened respiratory problems (if you feel you should get medical advice, contact a local medical advisor).
To ensure peace of mind, many decide to get a COVID-19 test. There are many COVID-19 testing facilities nearby that can facilitate your needs. Getting results, whether positive or negative, provide clarity in one direction or another and is often enough to determine if a person should quarantine for 14 days or not.
For individuals who do test positive, it is best to notify others you have been in contact with recently so they can self-monitor and decide whether they need to get a COVID-19 test.