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Caring for Someone With Coronavirus

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Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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November 2, 2020 Read Time - 6 minutes

Caring for Someone With Coronavirus

As of March 27, 2020, the United States has the most known cases of the coronavirus in the world.

According to the Center for Disease Control, most people who contract coronavirus will only experience mild symptoms and will recover at home, without professional medical attention.

In March, the CDC released various models of how the coronavirus may spread throughout the country. In worst case scenarios, these models projected between 160 million and 200 million Americans contracting the virus.

As the population begins to take unprecedented measures to slow the spread of the virus, these figures become more unlikely. However, millions of Americans already have the virus.

Because of this reality, we’ve put together some of the ways you can help if someone you know contracts the virus.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


Get Tested for COVID-19

If you think you are infected or you know you’ve been exposed it’s important that you get tested. If you test positive for COVID-19 it is crucial that you isolate for 14 days or until your receive 2 back to back negative COVID-19 tests.

Testing is becoming easier than ever before with the development of at-home COVID-19 testing kits. These kits can be overnighted to your home and you can collect your sample yourself. You’ll then ship your sample back to the lab and await your results.

PlushCare can order you an at-home testing kit following an online appointment. Your kit will be overnighted to your door and you results will be ready in as little as 48 hours after your kit is ordered.

At-home testing helps prevent the spread of the virus by keeping those who are potentially sick at home.

Monitor for Worsening Symptoms

The number one most important thing to do if someone you know or live with is sick is to monitor their symptoms, know the warning signs, and know who to contact if their health begins to deteriorate. 

Have their healthcare provider’s contact information on you at all times. Save their doctors number in your phone so you can reach it immediately if need be.

If the infected person is getting sicker, call their healthcare provider. If the situation is an emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that you are dealing with a suspected coronavirus case.

COVID-19 emergency warning signs to look out for include: 

Trouble breathing

Crushing pressure in chest

Bluish lips or face

Persistent pain in chest

New confusion

An inability to arouse the person

Read: What is Remdesivir?

Prevent the Spread

If one person in your household becomes sick, the key will be to prevent others from contracting the virus. This will allow those who are healthy to aid the sick throughout their time with the virus. 

Have the sick person stay in one room, isolated from others as much as possible. To make this process easier, try to pick a bedroom with windows and nearby access to a bathroom so as to allow for minimal movement and comfortability for the weeks to come.

If possible, avoid using the same bathroom as the sick person.

Avoid sharing personal household items like towels, dishes, bedding and clothes.

If face masks are available, have those infected wear them.

If the sick person needs to go to the hospital, have them wear a face mask.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash after contact with a sick person. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these act as entry points for the virus to infect your body.

Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often like doorknobs, light switches, table tops, counters, and technology. Always wipe down surfaces touched by a sick person if they exit their isolated space, like the toilet handle. 

Wash laundry thoroughly, and wash an infected person’s clothes separately.

Avoid any unnecessary visitors.

Provide Help

Make sure the sick person drinks lots of water. Staying hydrated is key to beating certain symptoms of coronavirus like a high fever.

Help prepare meals for the sick person as they should not be leaving their room for extended periods of time.

To avoid spending time around an infected person, try talking through a window or via video chat as a safe way to communicate. 

Stay Calm

As mentioned above, most people experience mild symptoms and will not need medical assistance or hospitalization.

If a loved one gets infected do not panic. It is important for your mental health and the mental health of the infected person that you remain calm and follow the guidelines from public health authorities to contain the illness.

Read: Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

Being in isolation when you’re sick can be as mentally taxing as it is physically.

Helping provide entertainment for a sick person is extremely valuable. Click here to check out our list of ways to stay sane while in quarantine. 

Read: COVID-19 Mental Health Center

When Will Isolation Be Over?

According to the CDC, if you are not going to receive a test for coronavirus the following conditions must be true in order to end isolation.

  • You have had no fever for 72 hours
  • Other symptoms have improved such as cough and chest pressure
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

If you are going to be tested, refer to the following from the CDC:

  • You no longer have a fever without the use medicines that reduce fever symptoms
  • Other symptoms have improved such as cough and chest pressure 
  • They have received a negative test result as in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


How PlushCare Can Help

If you or a loved one begin to experience symptoms of the coronavirus, make an online appointment with one of our PlushCare doctors today.

Our doctors can assess your symptoms, risk level and general health. They can also provide you with information on the outbreak and prevention and treatment measures, including symptoms management.

PlushCare doctors can provide the necessary recommendation and lab order that many testing sites, including drive throughs, require before issuing a COVID-19 test.

Book an appointment for an online screening, here.

Read More About Coronavirus


New York Times. U.S. Now Leads Coronavirus Cases Worldwide. Accessed March 27, 2020 at

CDC. Caring for Someone Else at Home. Accessed March 27, 2020 at

CDC. Symptoms for Coronavirus. Accessed March 27, 2020 at

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