Â If you haveÂ anyÂ smptomsÂ likeÂ Sore throat, fever, cough,Â shortness of breath, Fever withÂ chills,Â difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, loss of taste or smell, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting and DiarrheaÂ and you are beingÂ tested for covid-19 or being tested because of a close contact:Â Â
What should you do while waiting for your test result:
You shouldÂ Stay at home until your test results are back (except to get medical care) if need arises.
You shouldÂ Avoid all public places and transportation
You shouldÂ Keep at least 6 feet distanceÂ from people and animals too including those in your household.Â
You shouldÂ Avoid sharing personal household items, wash your hands and high touch surfaces regularly. You shouldÂ Inform your work place colleaguesÂ that you are awaiting results. If you are being tested for screening purposes, continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart from others.
You shouldÂ Notify your close contacts (i.e., anyone who was within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or longer during the two days prior to when your symptoms started, or when you were tested, whichever is earlier).
If your test result is negative but you stillÂ have one or more then one above mentioned symptomsÂ ThisÂ testÂ offers no protection from future infection. Continue to take steps to protect yourself. You should not be around others until you are feeling better and fever free for at least 24 hours.
There is a veryÂ close relationship between our mental and physical health .some of the best tools to combat during this waiting period is:
Get enough sleep: Sleep is often one of the first self-care actions Exercise: Exercise has an immediate positive impact on oneâ€™s mood and can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.Â
Eat well: During times of stress and anxiety it is easy to fall into negative food habits but in order to protect ourselves and reap the benefits of the food-mood connection it is important to eat regularly and with balanced meals. This protects us both emotionally and physically.Â
If positive Seek medical advise by experts.
Dr FarooqÂ AhmadÂ Ganie.
assistant professor cardiovascular thoracic surgery SKIMS Srinagar