In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been thinking about rules. The rules keep changing, but certain rules are clear:
- Practice social distancing.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Connect with others remotely.
Here are the rules for somebody like me — who was almost definitely infected by the coronavirus but who could never get tested because of the scarcity of test kits — according to this email from my Primary Care Physician:
In terms of when you can end YOUR isolation (again, I am assuming you had COVID-19), according to the CDC (as of today – I just verified) you can leave your home once you have been fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 72 hours AND your cough has improved AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If you are still fever-free after 72 hours (tomorrow? Thurs?) and your cough is improving, I think you can leave your home but if you are still coughing it would be best to wear a mask.
Because my rules include “first, do no harm” I waited a couple of extra days and first ventured out of my home yesterday. My rules include staying away from people and using gloves whenever I touch anything. As I wrote to a friend this morning:
I shall do my best to continue flattening the curve while not getting flattened by all this.
The rules at this blog include sharing photos that rule:
The rules for me, because I have a mechanical heart valve and take Warfarin daily, include my checking my INR at home. Because my INR was so high yesterday (it’s supposed to be between 2.5 and 3.5), my medical team’s rules included my skipping a dose of Warfarin last night and eating more greens. New rules: We think the coronavirus and my taking antibiotics have probably disrupted my INR temporarily. The rules of common sense tell us that this number will stabilize again soon.
The rules of this blog also include
- inviting you to share your rules, thoughts, and feelings in a comment, below, and
- expressing gratitude for all who help me figure out the rules, every day.