You may think you have read or heard all you ever want to know about COVID-19. However, if you are still in the workplace, you will likely find this guest post informative and practical.
What Could Happen with You or Your Job If You or
a Member of Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19?
By Patrick Bailey
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned just about everyone’s lives upside down. The way that we live has changed dramatically since the epidemic began. Rather than spending the summer hosting barbecues, attending concerts, and going to other events, people are staying home.
Certain people face even higher risks. People who are older than fifty and people with health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are more likely to contract the coronavirus and experience complications.
Of course, many people over the age of fifty have jobs outside their homes. They sometimes have to leave their homes for other essential reasons such as grocery shopping and medical appointments. Although they may worry about going to work because they could contract COVID-19 and spread it to others, they can take precautions to minimize their risks.
When they go out, these people — and all people — should practice social distancing by standing at least six feet away from others. They should wear face masks and wash their hands often. These precautions are necessary because COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that killed hundreds of thousands of people.
What Happens If I Test Positive for COVID-19?
Whether you feel sick or not, if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, it’s essential that you stay home. Keep yourself in quarantine for at least 14 days, or longer if you still feel ill after two weeks.
It’s essential that you protect yourself and the people in your community. If you’ve tested positive but don’t feel sick, going to work is not an option. You can easily pass COVID-19 to your coworkers, who could experience more serious symptoms than you. They could also pass it to others. This is why staying home after a positive diagnosis is vital.
Not being able to work when you are sick can be very stressful. Stress can lead to drug abuse or alcohol abuse, even leading people to seek help from a rehabilitation center from alcohol.
Fortunately, to relieve stress and its complications, many U.S. states are offering temporary disability benefits for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. You may be eligible for these benefits until you are ready to return to work.
With so many people testing positive and becoming sick, such benefits are essential. Even if you don’t live in an area that offers temporary disability insurance, you may still be covered if your work absences are related to COVID-19.
What Happens If a Member of Your Household Has Been Diagnosed with COVID-19?
After learning that a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, consider calling your doctor. In some parts of the United States, you can receive a COVID-19 test even if you aren’t showing any symptoms.
Go for an immediate test if you live in one of these areas. If you’re asymptomatic (don’t have symptoms) and can’t get a test, you should still start self-quarantining immediately. If you have contracted the virus, it can take up to 14 days to start displaying symptoms. Even if you aren’t showing symptoms, you can still pass the virus to others, which is why it’s so important to stay home.
Some people have jobs that allow them to work from home while they’re self-quarantining. If you have this kind of job and you’re not sick, you can self-quarantine while continuing to work and earn a paycheck.
If you have a job where working from home is not possible, don’t panic. You may qualify for COVID-19 unemployment benefits that can pay for the time that you are out of work.
These benefits are available for many workers, even self-employed or gig workers. The U.S. federal government and state governments provide these benefits that allow people to stay home if they may have been exposed. This is a good way to prevent the spread of the disease.
From the beginning of the pandemic until July 31, 2020, unemployed workers in the United States were eligible for an extra $600 in unemployment benefits. This additional benefit expired on July 31, and currently, the federal government is developing a new benefits package to help unemployed workers during this trying time. A new package is expected to be introduced soon. Also, some laws could prevent employers from firing employees in certain circumstances.
How Do You Stay Safe?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact everywhere. One way to handle this deadly disease is to follow the guidelines set forth by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As much as you’d like to go to work after testing positive for COVID-19 or after potentially being exposed to the virus, you shouldn’t. Not only will you put yourself at risk of becoming sicker, but you’ll also put every person you come into contact with in danger.
This is why the United States government and your state government has helped people stay home if they were infected or were possibly infected. If everyone works together and we all follow science-based guidelines, we can minimize the risks of this pandemic.
According to experts, it could be months or even years before life returns to normal (or a new kind of normal). The sooner everyone starts following guidelines and practicing safety measures, the sooner it will be safe to host large gatherings, go to a concert, or simply leave your home.
cdc.gov – What to Do If You Are Sick
usa.gov – Unemployment Help
Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer, mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.