I tested positive for COVID-19, do I need to go to the hospital?
If your symptoms are mild enough to be treated at home, then you are probably okay.
COVID-19 symptoms that tell you its time to go to the hospital
Generally, cough, sore throat, fever, muscle aches do not warrant a trip to the hospital. If you have these symptoms but can breathe comfortably and keep fluids down, you can likely recover at home. Take care of yourself like you would for a bad cold or flu. Read more on it here.
It might be time to go to the hospital if you are feeling short of breath. Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of the University of Utah Health Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, said that the most common symptom to give people trouble is lung involvement.
Pavia also said, “Other things that can happen with COVID that should make you want to seek medical care, because you can have blood clots that could lead to severe chest pain or swelling of a limb. There can even be neurologic complications.”
The cold and flu like symptoms that typically indicate Omicron could be enough cause for medical intervention for those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, such as the elderly or someone with an underlying condition.
Dr. Russell Vinik, U. Health chief medical operations officer, has recommended buying a pulse oximeter to keep an eye on blood oxygen levels if they are at risk.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccines and booster is the best way to stay out of the hospital.
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