Things You Should Do If You Test Positive for Omicron

Omicron cases are on the rise across the world. It’s okay to feel scared but important to remember that we can win this fight together. Prevention is the best way to get ahead so please stay indoors, sanitise your hands regularly and step out wearing a multilayered N95 mask only if you absolutely need to. But if you have tested positive for Omicron despite everything, here’s a quick action plan you can follow to get better.

Keep calm and isolate yourself 😷 

First things first. If you test positive and find yourself panicking, take a deep breath. With proper care, everything will be alright. Mask up and isolate yourself immediately. If you are living with your family, try to isolate yourself in a room with a private washroom. The recent ICMR guidelines need you to isolate for 10 days at home and if there’s no fever for 3 days, you don’t need a retest. 

Don’t forget the essentials 💊🍲😴 

You need a thermometer, an oximeter, COVID self-testing kits, and paracetamol strips. Speak to your doctor about any medication you would need and follow the dosage carefully. Ensure you eat simple home-cooked food, drink lots of fluids and sleep for at least 8 hours. 

Inform people you came in close contact with 💬📱

Text all the people you met in the last 10 days. Ask them to get tested or isolate themselves to curb the spread. 

Discuss your risk with your doctor 👩🏻‍⚕️🩺

Omicron isn’t mild but the chances of hospitalisation are low if you’re vaccinated. You could easily recover at home. But if you have co-morbidities, or are experiencing fever or breathing issues, it’s important to inform a doctor.

Mind your symptoms 🤧🤒

Check your oxygen levels and temperature daily. If you have a fever, check your temperature every 6-8 hours. Make a note of your daily symptoms and don’t dismiss any unusual symptoms. This will help your caretaker understand your condition better. 

Stay connected virtually with your loved ones 💻🥰

Isolation can be terrifying but you don’t have to deal with it completely alone. Video call your loved ones when you feel scared. While your body gears up to fight off the virus, you can let your guard down and share how you feel with your friends. 

Take it slow even after recovering 🧘🏻‍♀️🛌

After your isolation period is over, you may continue to rest. Your body just fought off a virus and it’s okay to take things slow. It’s important that you eat and sleep well to give your body enough time to recover properly. While you don’t need a retest if you haven’t had a fever for 3 days, you can test yourself using a self-testing kit after 5 days. If you get a negative result, you can stop isolating, but continue wearing a mask. If you are still positive, isolate for 5 more days till you test again. 

Here’s an isolation playlist that some good folks on the internet made to keep you company in these tough times. Stay safe and take care. 

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