What To Do If You Tested Positive for Covid-19 while Abroad?

What to Do When You Tested Positive for Covid-19 while Abroad?

With allowance to travel gradually becoming more and more lenient each day, and with students leaving for higher education, there is a high risk of getting infected with COVID-19 while traveling. In a new environment abroad, you can still not ensure you are safe from COVID-19 all the time. Here is what you can do if you test positive for Novel Corona Virus while you are abroad.

Regardless of where have you traveled to across the globe, taking basic precautions in your day-to-day life is still very important. Basic precautions to take include:

  1. Ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet from everyone that did not travel with you. Be more careful in more crowded places.

  2. Wear a mask every time you step outside of the place you are living in when you are using shared spaces or public transportation.

  3. Wash your hand regularly and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that at least contain 60% alcohol.

  4. If you are sharing your living room with the people you haven’t traveled with, take maximum precautions while interacting with them, and wear a mask indoors at least for 14 days after your travel.

  5. Look out for even mild symptoms of COVID-19 and check your temperatures regularly.

If you experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive while you are abroad, take the following measures immediately:

  1. Stay indoors and quarantine yourself. Avoid contact with any other person till it is safe for you to come out of isolation.

  2. Don’t go outside while you are sick.

  3. Know that most of the people affected by COVID-19 recover on their own using home remedies and isolation without the help of medical care.

  4. Get in touch with your doctor. Follow his guidelines or use the national helpline number of the country you are in to inform them about your situation.

  5. If you have very clear and aggressive symptoms of COVID-19, get emergency medical help immediately.

  6. If you live in close spaces with other people or neighbors, take maximum precautions to ensure the containment of the virus.

If you develop symptoms of new continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) while abroad or during travel, you should immediately:

  1. Follow local public health guidance in whichever country you are in.

  2. If you get sick at the airport or any public transportation before or during a long trip, get medical attention, and do not continue with your trip.

  3. If you are tested positive for COVID-19 while abroad, you need to follow local public health advice regarding self-isolation and quarantine.

  4. You should self-isolate yourself in the country you are in, so you may need to stay longer than you might have planned.

  5. Every country has its guidelines for self-isolation. Current Public Health guidance in the U.S states you should complete 10 days of self-isolation (from when your symptoms started). If you still have a high temperature after 10 days, you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. Plan ahead for any possible delays to your return home. Once you have fully recovered, check with your health provider if you are fit to travel, before any onward travel.