COVID-19 Health Resources

Ochsner Health is always here to keep you and your family healthy.

With the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, we recognize that people have a lot of questions about what they should do if they have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms or need a COVID-19 test. At Ochsner, we are here to help guide you through this process and have developed a COVID-19 Self-Care and Symptom Monitoring Program through MyOchsner.

Symptoms

For people who have a weakened immune system, such as the elderly, the very young or immunocompromised patients, symptoms can become severe quickly and can cause serious respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

These following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

Prevention Tips

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

COVID-19 Recovery

According to the symptom based strategy (CDC), recovery from COVID-19 is defined as:

  • An absence of fever without the use of fever reducing medications for at least three days (72 hours); and
  • Improvement of respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath; and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms may resume normal life when at least ten days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test, so long as they remain asymptomatic.

Once someone discontinues complete isolation, they should continue to practice social distancing by limiting your exposure to others, maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing a cloth face covering when out in public.

Enhance Your Virtual Visit

When you combine 24/7 virtual visits with the Ochsner Anywhere Care Health Kit you get unparalleled convenience without leaving home.

This handheld device allows you to capture physical exam data to share with your provider during your visit.

Five Steps to Handwashing

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.

2. Lather soap in your hands, applying to the back, front, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Make your morning routine easier with a flash briefing to start your day!

Through an Alexa-powered device you can receive the latest health tips, all in the safety of your home by downloading Ochsner's flash briefing.

More Tips to Stay Healthy

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The Medical Front Line: A Guide to Supporting Your Anxious Child

COVID-19 has altered the way we work, socialize and live. Medical professionals on the front lines that are treating COVID-19 patients are working tirelessly around the clock to support affected patients and our community. Not only are medical professionals facing risks to their health, but their families are left harboring deep concerns.

The Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development shares tips and strategies on how to support your child during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Long Haulers Support Group

The COVID-19 Long Haulers Support Group is structured to bring COVID-19 survivors together for the sake of emotional support as well as teaching various skills participants may use in relationship to their condition. The primary goal is to address the psychological and social consequences of experiencing what is now term “long COVID-19” or “long haulers”.

Ochsner Health Guidelines for Home Quarantine without Symptoms

If required to stay under home quarantine, it's important to follow these guidelines to monitor your health and to practice social distancing.