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.
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:
You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with simple steps:
According to the symptom based strategy (CDC), recovery from COVID-19 is defined as:
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.
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.