CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) — The Department of Health reported more than 22,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts on Wednesday, as people wait in long lines to be tested.
The first thing to do is isolate by staying in a separate room for at least five days away from other people and pets. dr. Armando Paez of Baystate Health then says that you should inform any close contacts about your positive result. Close contact is anyone with whom you have been within a radius of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while you are contagious.
An infected person can spread COVID-19 as long as 48 hours before they have symptoms or test positive, explains Dr. Paez out. If possible, use a separate bathroom as other family members in your household. The CDC also recommends not sharing cups, towels, and utensils.
If you are asymptomatic or if your symptoms get better after 5 days, you can leave isolation as long as you continue to wear a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting others.
dr. Paez says that while most people have mild illness and can recover at home, people who test positive should monitor their symptoms. If you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, inability to wake up or stay awake, or confusion, call 911 or call your local emergency department to let them know you’re coming for help.