SeaChange have identified the 10 safety behaviours we can all do to Starve the COVID-19 Beast! We explain why they are important, what to do, and how make each safety behaviour a long-lasting habit. See below for key information on Self Monitoring.
Why is Self Monitoring Important?
By being aware of our own health and wellness through self monitoring we can greatly reduces the spread of COVID-19.
When should you practice Self Monitoring?
You should always check your health but particularly when you may have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Self-monitoring is for those that may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. You should monitor yourself for symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath). Monitor for fever by taking your temperature twice a day. Remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, This includes limiting contact with other. Seek medical advice by telephone.
According to the WHO, the “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. Daily monitoring can help you and the people living with you take action swiftly if symptoms start appearing. Especially for children who may not say that they are feeling sick straight away. Ask yourself everyday if you have any: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache.
Dealing with Symptoms.
For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the HSE recommends they stay home and call their doctor. When people with mild illness leave their homes to get tested, they could expose themselves to COVID-19 if they do not already have it. If they do have COVID-19, they can give it to someone else, including people who are high risk. In addition, because there is no treatment for COVID-19, a test will not change what someone with mild symptoms will do to treat the disease. The safest course of action here is to consider that if you present with the symptoms described above, you do have the virus and therefore should self-isolate at home for 14 days minimum and keep as separate from other people in your household as possible.
Anyone with more serious symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, by calling their doctor or 999 / 112 right away. More serious symptoms can include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to get up, bluish lips or face.
When can I return to normal Activities?
People who are sick with COVID-19 or believe they might have it should stay home and separate themselves from other people in the home as much as possible. They can go back to their normal activities when they can answer YES to all the following questions:
- Has it been at least 7 days since you first had symptoms?
- Have you been without fever for three days (72 hours) without any medicine for fever?
- Are your other symptoms improved?
For more detailed information and consultancy support on how to prepare and plan for COVID-19 onsite, contact SeaChange about our excellent and comprehensive ‘Ready Steady Go Programme’. Call us now on +353 45 856 028, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. (SeaChange home page here)
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