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I tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If you live in Los Angeles County and you likely have COVID-19 you are required to isolate yourself, inform your close contacts that they need to quarantine, and follow official guidelines for isolation.

A close contact is defined as a person who was either within 6 feet of you for at least 15 minutes or had unprotected contact with your body fluids and/or secretions. They are considered close contacts if you coughed or sneezed on them, shared utensils or drank in the same container, or they cared for you without wearing the right protective equipment.

It is important to know that you are considered infectious from 2 days before your symptoms first appeared and until your home isolation ends. This means you can spread COVID-19 to others without knowing it.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but you never had any symptoms, you are considered to be infectious from 2 days before your test was taken until 10 days after your test.

Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and usually get better at home.

To help you recover, get adequate rest and drink plenty of fluids. For mild fever, you may take an over-the-counter medicine that reduces fever and pain, such as acetaminophen.

For children under 2 years old, you must not give them any medicine without consulting with a doctor.

For people 65 years or older or those who have underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung issues, diabetes, or cancer, it is crucial to call your healthcare provider because you may be at higher risk of getting severe illness from COVID-19.

You will get a call from LA Public Health or 1-833-641-0305. If you do not receive a call, please call 1-833-540-0473 from 8 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days a week.

Source: LA Public Health

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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