Note that the title of this article is not “What do do if you think you have NCOV-19.” Believe it or not, despite the global pandemic, NCOV-19 is NOT the only thing you can contract. You can get get the common cold, the flu, and even a cough. In fact the DOH recently celebrated World Tuberculosis Day. What should you do if you’re sick?
The first thing you should do if you’re sick is to self-quarantine. Stay away from your loved ones and confine yourself to a room. Assume the worst. You don’t want your loved ones to catch NCOV-19 (Assuming you have it). And even if you just have the common cold, now is not the time to get other people sick. Which means for the next 14 days:
- Confine yourself to one room separate from other household members – INCLUDING PETS;
- Avoid contact with other household members. If it cannot be avoided, ensure that they are properly garbed in disposable masks and gloves, and immediately disinfect themselves after having contact with you.
- Monitor your temperature at least twice a day, remembering to disinfect the thermometer after.
- Separately seal your garbage.
- Continue to practice good hygiene.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you start to exhibit any of the following it might be time to go to the hospital:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Less and less periods of being awake or lucid.
- Dehydration – particularly darkened urine despite the regular intake of fluids.
- Worsening fever and cough
It’s not your responsibility alone
You’re sick. So what should you do if you’re sick? Lie back, take your medicine, maintain quarantine and get better. If you have a family, they have to assume the additional responsibility of ensuring that your virus does not spread. Which means that you now have to disinfect on a daily, or on a as-needed basis, ESPECIALLY IF YOU STILL SHARE A BATHROOM – as it is a safe bet that most families only have one bathroom. All “high-touch” surfaces have to be disinfected regularly. Click here for our disinfection recommendations.
What should you do if you’re sick? Call it in.
The Department of Health has a 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors to assist those who are seeking medical advice – NCOV-19 related or not. The number to call is (02) 8-424-1724. You can also call 1555 if you are a PLDT or SMART Subscriber. This way they can monitor your condition and help you get to a hospital quarantine area if necessary – without having to expose even more people along the way. Never go straight to a hospital if you think you have NCOV-19. If you feel the need to, call the hospital first.