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What to Do If Your Partner Gets Coronavirus

Last updated on March 28th, 2020

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has already had a huge impact on people’s lives, from how, where, and whether we’re working, to what we’ll do with all this time in self-quarantine. It’s challenging enough to manage “corona anxiety” day to day while social distancing, but what happens if you think your partner or family member actually has the coronavirus?

While scientists are still learning about the coronavirus, including how to effectively treat it, there are symptoms you can look out for, as well as ways to self-isolate from someone who may have been exposed to avoid getting sick, too. These tips come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and someone who knows firsthand: Dr. Thomas Kirsch, MD, a physician and public health expert who had to self-quarantine after a possible exposure to COVID-19.

If your partner is exhibiting symptoms—or has been able to take a test, and it’s positive—know that leaving to stay with other family or in a hotel is advised against by health officials. “The CDC recommendation for now is that if you are already exposed to a known case, you should self-quarantine,” Kirsch says. In your own living space, at home.

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