Living with someone who has COVID-19? Here’s how to stay healthy: Shots

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If someone in the household is sick with COVID-19, everyone at home should consider themselves able to have an asymptomatic or presymptomatic infection, even if they are feeling well, doctors say.

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If someone in the household is sick with COVID-19, everyone at home should consider themselves able to have an asymptomatic or presymptomatic infection, even if they are feeling well, doctors say.

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By now you have probably heard the advice: if you think you are sick with COVID-19, or if you are living with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus disease, prepare to get out of it. the House.

Indeed, the vast majority of cases are mild or moderate, and although these cases may feel as rough as a very bad flu and even include some cases of pneumonia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that most of these patients will be able to recover without medical assistance. (If you have difficulty breathing or other emergency warning signs, see a doctor immediately.)

But this general advice means that anyone living in the same household as the sick person could be infected – a real concern, as research has so far suggested that household transmission is one of the primary means of spreading the coronavirus. So how do you minimize your risk when you move is not an option? Here’s what infectious disease and public health experts have to say:

Physically isolate the sick person

If you live in a place with more than one room, identify a room or space – such as a bedroom – where the sick person can be isolated from the rest of the household, including pets. (The CDC says that although there is no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to humans, it has been reported that pets become infected after close contact with people with COVID-19.)

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