When To Self Isolate And What To Do (Guidelines And Procedure For Self Isolation)?
Self-isolation- When an individual stays at home because they have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19) helping to stop the virus spreading chain. Some individuals diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID19) will need to be managed in hospital while many of them who have mild illness can be managed at home in isolation.
Is Self-isolation Is Synonym For Social Distancing And/Or Shielding?
Well the answer is NO……
Social distancing is avoidance of close contact with other people while Shielding is advised for people at high risk from coronavirus
The Most Common Question To Come Across Is - When To Self-Isolate?
In following condition Self-isolation is advised:
- high temperature
- new/ continuous cough or loss
- change to sense of smell or taste
- Tested positive for coronavirus
- Who has symptoms or has tested positive for Coronavirus live with you or have come recently in your contact i.e. within a time frame of minimum 2weeks.
- In case national health of state council has traced you or recommended test; it means you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus and need to be self-isolate
Can an individual self-isolate at home? –Well the answer is YES!...., he or she must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.
During the time period of Self-isolation in Covid19 shall follow certain instructions; which are summarized as follows:
- Work from home
- Don’t go to public places
- Avoid usage of public transport
- Request someone to give food at home from distance; don’t order food online
- Avoid visitors & guest at home during period of self-isolation (except for essential care & help with appropriate precautions)
- Exercise is important but shall be practiced at home
Following the above tricks during self-isolation is KEY to the question - how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with?
Important Take Back Points Deciding Prior To Self-Isolation:
- It is advisable to Get an early test if you have symptoms of coronavirus as soon as possible. Well, as per latest guidelines by WHO, the test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
- Be HONEST and Tell concern authorities of your area and people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms
- The close contact within the past 48 hours is crucial time for individuals who came in contact with one affected with coronavirus.
- Wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room with other people even if they are also in isolation or in scenarios when you visit a healthcare provider.
- Kindly assure surgical mask shall cover nose and mouth at all times also avoid touching mask unnecessarily
- How to dispose your gloves or mask in self-isolation at home: kindly Place all used disposable gloves, surgical masks, and other contaminated items in a lined waste bin before disposing of them with other household waste; to prevent public contamination by biowaste
So Know It’s Important For Us To Define CLOSE CONTACT?-----Yes, Question Is How Much Close?....!
Ideally, unless traced and tracked by the National Health Service one should not be worried but in your knowledge if still you have been with someone without a mask having symptoms of coronavirus it’s advisable to take extra care. Follow social distancing and kindly do proper washing of hands often.
Still, any coronavirus symptoms appear concerned; individuals must self-isolate and get a coronavirus test at earliest.
Period of self-isolation: in case of symptoms or positive for coronavirus usually need of self-isolation time period for at least 15 days is recommended
Guidelines And Procedure For Self Isolation In COVID 19:
If you are not in hospital, you must self-isolate either at residence or another suitable place for the period of time determined by a designated health practitioner. Update and notify the designated health practitioner of the place you are self -isolating. Also provide the address and a contact phone number.
One should continuously monitor for any new symptoms particularly for:
- fever (37.5°C or higher)
- Record history of fever (night sweats, chills)
- shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
In case symptoms become serious (e.g. shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing), or become worse, but are not serious, contact your doctor or the public health unit immediately.
If suspected for symptoms of COVID-19 infection and /or have been tested by doctor for a designated COVID testing. He/or she must self-isolate and follow the advice below until either advised by your doctor:
- self-isolate until either advised by your doctor (Usually this is within 24 - 72 hours)
- If you test negative and you are a person who is a close contact of another person with COVID –it has been advisable remain in isolation usually up to 14 full days