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3 Things You Must Do If You Come In Contact With A COVID-19 Patient



With the rate at which is spreading, there are chances that anyone could contract the virus.

However, rather than panic, one must be aware of what to do if he or she comes in touch with a COVID-19 patient.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if you come in close contact with a COVID-19 patient, here is what you should do.

First of all, you have to understand that if you were in close contact with someone who had COVID-19 then you might be compromised.

With this identified, you now need to seek medical assistance.

If possible, wear a mask when you attend the health facility, keep a distance of at least one meter from others and do not touch surfaces with your hands.

If it is a sick child, help the child with the same advice to wear masks, keep a distance and avoid touching surfaces and face.

Unless you are not living in an environment with malaria, you are recommended to:

  1. Self-isolate if you become ill with mild symptoms
  2. Stay self-isolated even if you don’ think you have been exposed to COVID-19 but develop symptoms, monitor yourself.
  3. If you do not have symptoms but have been exposed to an infected person, self- for 14days.

For those who have had definite COVID-19 confirmation, self-isolate as a precautionary measure for 14days even after symptoms have disappeared.

It is not yet clear exactly how long individuals will remain infectious after recovery.

NOTE: Close contact indicates that those who have the virus reside with or have been in environments of less than one metre.


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