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COVID 19 is a virus that was first identified years ago. It is a respiratory virus that is associated with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
It is similar to so many illnesses that we have known about and treating for many years but it has some qualities that are making it unique and challenging to treat. We are learning more and more every day about the virus.
The symptoms that we are seeing is what is making this a challenging medical adventure for all of us.
With all of these different symptoms, it’s not a surprise that it has been so challenging for the public and the medical community
If you test positive for COVID, the CDC recommends you quarantine for 10-14 days. After 10 days, your viral load (the amount of virus in your body) is so low you are no longer considered contagious.
After 10 days, you may return to what we now call “normal life.”
That means coming out of quarantine, wearing your mask, maintaining a 6-foot distance to help prevent the spread of air droplets from person to person and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
CDC no longer states that you need 3 negative tests to return to work, again, after 10 days your viral load is low enough that you are no longer considered contagious.
The CDC no longer recommends immediate treatment with antibiotics or steroids for mild cases of COVID. Treat your symptoms, stay hydrated, take medication for body aches or fever. Notify us at Urgent Care or your PCP if you feel you are getting worse and need further treatment or concerns that you may need to be seen at the ER.