I woke up this morning with nasal congestion and sneezing. I do have seasonal allergies so I took an Allegra and put on a mask and went about my day at home. After a couple of hours it wasn’t better so I went to a testing site and got tested. I learned that I have an “atypical symptom” but obviously I’m not taking any chances.
I’m in my eldest son’s room. He’s away at college. I have hand sanitizer and wipes with me and I am wearing a mask when I have to leave the room. The test should take a couple of days. Any tips for me? I know some of you have been through this.
Wipe down everything you touch and then have a 2nd person wipe it down if it is in s common area.
Everyone in masks
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Post by sleepingbooty on Sept 20, 2020 21:48:46 GMT
Isolate as hard as you can and beware of places that aren't ventilated. You'll want other people to try to ventilate those places as much as possible by creating draughts.
If you have any N95/FFP2 masks in the house, this is the time to break them open and let those you share a home with wear one whenever they're in proximity to your quarters. Have food and drinks delivered to you (and think ahead as much as you can: have basics like extra water on hand in your room at all times). Don't open the door and pick it up until the person has backed away a safe distance and beware of those non-ventilated places like hallways. On the subject of ventilation: let fresh air into your room regularly.
Wipe over and over again after touching anything in shared places. Have fresh laundry waiting to be worn tucked away in sealed bags that you can put on as you leave your room to transit to elsewhere or use a shared space (put on a fresh mask and sanitise your hands just before).
Be meticulous and organise your garbage: double-bag everything and have the person picking up your trash wear gloves or carefully wash their hands after disposing of it. Keep a temperature chart and track any symptoms.
Communicate your movements to those who live with you so people can open a window and get out of the way before you go to a shared room. This was the hardest part to get used to for people in my SO's family but it really helped to keep the others safe.
Don't forget that sanitising wipes and sprays take up to 15 minutes to kill the H1N1 virus so you'll have to take that extra time into account in terms of everyday logistics.
Best of luck! I hope it's just a bad congestion for you.
Food—have your family bring it to the door on paper plates, plastic wear, plastic cups. Once you finish it goes into the garbage in your room. Once that is full they will have to put that bag into another bag to take it out. Don’t take the tray into your room. Once you do the tray shouldn’t leave until you know you’re negative.
Do you have a mini fridge in the house? If so, see if a family member would bring it to your door. You could put that into the room with you and they could bring you food to put into it.
Bathroom—hopefully there is one that only you can use.
It sounds to me like the chances are slim that you have covid. I wouldn’t panic. If you do have covid, the other members of your family probably already have been exposed. I’d be cautious around them (lots of hand washing, and keeping my distance from them, etc) but I wouldn’t cut myself off from them at this point if they are not high risk.
When my husband and I thought we had covid (it turns out we did) we self quarantined w/ our son who had just come home from law school for spring break in March. All of us stayed home and had groceries delivered until two weeks after our last symptoms were gone. Our son never had any symptoms despite the fact that he was around us a lot. We social distanced, but we didn’t cut ourselves off from each other. Our son may have had covid and was asymptotic, who knows. I would have been a lot more cautious around our son if he had been high risk.