COVID-19 is still here, and it may be a few months before the general public can get vaccinated. Staying healthy and avoiding the spread is still as important now as it was in 2020. With new information popping up everyday, public health officials are able to provide accurate and up-to-date information. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk today to get tested

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID can vary for each case. For most healthy adults, cases are mild or even asymptomatic, but some cases come with severe symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, it is essential to avoid contact with others until the signs are over. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have COVID. Symptoms of COVID include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or sense of smell

It’s important to monitor symptoms for the duration of the quarantine. If a patient is having difficulty breathing, they should seek medical attention at the emergency room. Cases are typically resolved within fourteen days but always speak with a medical provider for any questions. 

How to keep yourself safe

Keeping yourself safe from COVID should be a main priority for every person. Staying safe is the best way to stop the spread for the rest of 2021. Like 2020, the best way to protect yourself is by wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, maintaining a six-foot distance from others, not in your household, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water. 

Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will also keep your immune system healthy. That way, if you do contact COVID, your body will be able to fight it off easier, and your symptoms will not be as severe. This can include eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise, such as walking, and getting plenty of rest at night. 

How to keep others safe

In order to keep others safe, you need to keep yourself safe. COVID-19 is extremely contagious, so stopping the spread begins with you. Additionally, avoiding large crowds and poorly ventilated areas can help prevent the spread to others. This is especially prevalent for those who are not experiencing symptoms. COVID is contagious regardless if the case is asymptomatic. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, such as doorknobs or counters, can also help keep others safe, as well as coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. 

Getting a flu vaccine can also help keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Just because COVID is here does not mean the flu will not still be spread. Getting a flu shot will not prevent you from getting COVID, but it may help with symptoms.