Doctors Nova Scotia recently shared a blog post entitled, “What To Do if You Get COVID.”
They write, “After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the recent lifting of protective measures including mask mandates for most public places, it might seem like it’s not a matter of IF you get the virus, but WHEN.”
Here’s what Doctors Nova Scotia recommend:
- Take common-sense preventative measures: get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands and keep social circles small. Time for you to get a vaccination or booster? You can find out how to make an appointment here.
- If you think you might have COVID, get tested. Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s important to test within 48 hours of noticing symptoms to meet the time-frame criteria for COVID-19 medication. You can find out about testing here.
- If you are positive, consider reporting your results with your local health authority. You can contact them here. Nova Scotia, for instance, has a ‘Report and Support Screening.’ As well as providing valuable information to public health, this process can help you identify if you are eligible for COVID treatment medication.
- Contact your family doctor if you are eligible for Paxlovid. Paxlovid is an oral antiviral treatment that can be taken at home. It prevents high-risk COVID-19 patients from becoming sick enough to be hospitalized.
- Mask up to protect others in your household, particularly if they are unvaccinated (including young children below the age of vaccination) or older or immunocompromised individuals.
- If you have COVID and you worsen and/or have difficulty breathing or experience chest pain, go to your nearest Emergency Department to be assessed.