Tested Positive for COVID in 2024? Here’s What to Do and What to Avoid

Despite a greater level of awareness, and even an overly relaxed attitude by some about the threat of COVID, it should still be considered crucial to stay informed about the appropriate steps to take if you find yourself testing positive for the virus in 2024.

Regardless of advancements in treatments and the widespread availability of vaccines, the emergence of new variants means that the risk of infection remains.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do—and what to avoid—if you test positive for COVID-19.

What are the immediate steps after suspecting you have become infected?


Confirm Your Results with an At-Home Test

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, conducting an affordable at-home COVID test is a quick and effective way to ascertain your status.

These tests have become highly accurate and are widely available. If you test positive, it’s advisable to inform your healthcare provider for further guidance and maybe confirm your results with a PCR test, if necessary.


Isolate Yourself

To prevent the spread of the virus to others, isolation is crucial. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying isolated for at least 5 days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of your positive test if you’re asymptomatic.

Avoid contact with other household members and pets as much as possible, using a separate bathroom if available.


Inform Close Contacts

Notify anyone you’ve been in close contact with starting 2 days before your symptoms appeared or your positive test result. This allows them to monitor their health and take necessary precautions to prevent further spread.

What are the best ways of managing your symptoms?


Rest and Stay Hydrated

Most COVID-19 cases, especially if you have been vaccinated, can be managed at home. Ensure you get plenty of rest and stay properly hydrated.

Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate symptoms like fever and body aches but always consult a healthcare provider before starting any new medication.


Monitor Your Health

Keep an eye on your symptoms. If you experience difficulty breathing or persistent chest pain, seek immediate medical attention. If you are feeling confused or find it difficult to stay awake, or have bluish lips or face, these are also symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

Things to Avoid.


Do Not Disregard Symptoms

Ignoring or downplaying your symptoms can lead to worsening health and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others. Even mild symptoms should be taken seriously.


Avoid Public Places and Transportation

While you’re infectious, do not go to work, school, or public areas, and avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.


Do Not Stop Isolation Prematurely

Follow the latest CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine to determine when it’s safe to resume normal activities. Ending isolation too early can put others at risk.

Testing positive for COVID-19 in 2024 requires a responsible and informed approach to protect yourself and others.

By following these guidelines, starting by conducting an at-home test if you suspect exposure or symptoms, you can minimize the impact and risks associated with this infection.