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A 58-year-old male asked:

hello, doctor, my work colleague has tested positive for covid-19, what protocols should be followed, he is currently in isolation?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
COVID: He should stay in isolation for 14 days. Consider Vit D 3000 units /day Vit C 1000 mg a day Quercetin 500 mg a day and Zinc 10-20 mg /day get a pulse oximeter if oxygen less than 92 go to ER. You should be in isolation as well for 14 days. Get tested. https://www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-testing-sites/
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID concerns.: Your colleague needs to be in isolation. However, the next question is whether you had contact with him. What was exposure like? Were you close to infected person – less than 2 meters? Were you both wearing masks? Did the person appear ill? Sneeze or cough near you? Interaction less than 10 minutes? In a crowded or poorly ventilated room? – (vs being outdoors).

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A 41-year-old female asked:

Hi.I would like to consult with a doctor regarding my COVID 19 positive result re treatment,for a 2 week certificate for the self isolation and whether there is a possibility of another test before de isolation.Thank you?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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ZA or USA?: There are currently no identified treatments, medications or remedies that cure COVID -19. Rest, hydration, acetaminophen, decongestant, cough med & nasal saline irrigation may help mild symptoms. Make sure to quarantine. Get emergency care for difficulty breathing, blue lips or face or new-onset of confusion. If in ZA- contact your PCM, a local medical provider or try Talk to Doctor on HealthTa

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