The rapid transmission and virulence of COVID-19 has resulted in hundreds of thousands of cases globally, with a trajectory for millions of cases, with projections ranging from 30-80% of the world being infected. With that said, government agencies have stressed the importance of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine and avoidance of public gatherings of any number. 

So how to be engaged with the healthcare services we usually need, if we need social distance? Can I visit my doctor? Can I visit my lab for blood work? How can I protect myself when I need to engage in these essential services? These are the questions facing millions globally, but most importantly to individuals of the highest risk. Individuals with medical conditions, individuals over the age of 60 and individuals with compromised immune systems. Many are turning to telemedicine, virtual health and at-home diagnostic testing. While at-home diagnostic testing and virtual medicine was previously thought to be a luxury, or time saving, or even more efficient, these modalities can now potentially save lives.

What does Isolation mean?

Isolation means staying at home when you have symptoms of COVID-19 and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community. This means: fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19, it is expected that you take the following measures.

How can I still care for myself and get laboratory tests during the COVID-19 Outbreak?

Virtual healthcare is going to be so ever important in the coming months and years, and will like be cemented into healthcare culture as a result of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. offers in-home diagnostic testing- blood tests, urine tests, stool samples and fertility testing. Recently, DiagnoseAtHome will also be offering COVID-19 blood testing in the home. In this way you can avoid public areas like labs, doctor’s offices, and instead, focus on yourself and connect with leading doctors virtually.

It is also important to keep up your regular activities and allied healthcare (psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietician). Through online platforms like you can do that also, fully covered by extended benefits.

At the end of the day this is what you need to to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 novel Coronavirus:

Limit contact with others

Do not leave home unless absolutely necessary, such as to seek medical care.
Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis).
Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact.
Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible.
If you have to be in contact with others, keep at least 2 metres between yourself and the other person. Keep interactions brief and wear a mask.
Avoid contact with individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults.  
Avoid contact with pets if you live with other people that may also be touching the pet.

Keep your hands clean

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and dry with disposable paper towels or dry reusable towel, replacing it when it becomes wet.
You can also remove dirt with a wet wipe and then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or into a tissue.

Avoid contaminating common items and surfaces

  • At least once daily, clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often, like toilets, bedside tables, doorknobs, phones and television remotes.
  • Do not share personal items with others, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices.
  • Use regular household disinfectants or diluted bleach (1 part bleach and 9 parts water) to disinfect.
  • Place contaminated items that cannot be cleaned in a lined container, secure the contents and dispose of them with other household waste.
  • Put the lid of the toilet down before flushing.

Care for yourself

  • Monitor your symptoms as directed by your health care provider
  • If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider 
  • Get some rest, eat a balanced diet and stay in touch with others through communication devices.

Supplies to have at home when isolating

  • Surgical/procedure masks (do not re-use)
  • Eye protection
  • Disposable gloves (do not re-use)
  • Disposable paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Waste container with plastic liner
  • Thermometer
  • Over the counter medication to reduce fever (e.g., ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Running water
  • Hand soap
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Regular laundry soap
  • Regular household cleaning products
  • Bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite) and a separate container for dilution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)
  • Alcohol prep wipes
  • Arrange to have your groceries delivered to you

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