“I tested positive for COVID…Now what?!”

“I tested positive for COVID…Now what?!”

By: Jake Webber FPN, ProHealth Medical Provider

If you’re reading this, odds are you tested positive for COVID-19. You may be feeling uneasy and really sick.

My name is Jake Webber, ProHealth Medical Provider and certified Nurse Practitioner. Together with the ProHealth team of medical experts and the CDC, we are sharing information on what to do after a positive for COVID-19 test.

We recommend staying home except to get medical care

  1. Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over the counter medicine, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better after testing positive for COVID-19.
  2. Scheduling a Telemedicine check-in with a ProHealth Medical Provider can ease your mind by addressing your health concerns. In the climate of social distancing, many of our providers are offering appointments over the phone for primary care, mental health and more.
  3. Suggested medications for COVID-19 are Ivermectin, Z-pack, steroid, and inhaler. Ivermectin helps the body fight the infection like normal because its antiviral response. Z-pack helps by stopping the growth of bacteria and preventing infection. Steroid helps with inflammation in the body and protects your immune system from infection. Inhaler is used to help relax the muscles that tighten over your airways. This can help air move in and out of the lungs.
  4. Some studies have shown that supplementation with zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D can be beneficial for those with COVID-19 as these assist the body with immunity and can mitigate viral respiratory infections. These supplements are safe and low-cost measures that may lower the risk of severe progression and prognosis.

Make sure to separate yourself from others

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets.

You should monitor your COVID-19 symptoms

Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath but other symptoms can be present like stomachaches, headaches, extreme fatigue, cold and sinus symptoms.

Check your symptoms & report problems to your medical provider.

You should report the following symptoms to your primary care or emergency medical personnel as these could be life threatening: severe cough or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, unable to stay awake, a bluish tint to the lips or face

And lastly, when can you be around others after testing positive for COVID-19?

If you think or know you had COVID-19 and had symptoms. You can be with others after all three things occur: 24 hours with no fever AND symptoms improved AND 10 days since symptoms first appeared.  

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had and currently have no symptoms, you can be with others 10 days after your test

Remember if you’re sick, wear a mask if you must be around others. Cover your nose and mouth. Clean your hands often and all “high-touch” surfaces every day. Things you might not think about are remote controls, doorknobs, electronics, and bedside tables.

We know COVID-19 can be pretty scary. Seeking support to manage your illness and stress can really help. Whether you’re COVID-positive or just afraid of contracting the virus, there are plenty of resources available to you. We recommend the following:
• Mental Health Hotline: 1(800)662-4357
• CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

To schedule a Telemedicine visit with a ProHealth Medical Provider call: (850) 549-3379

Together, we will keep Northwest Florida strong.