Recovered from COVID-19: How Soon Can I See the Doctor for My GYN Condition?
Becoming infected with COVID-19 might be both bad luck and bad timing if you’ve had to cancel a doctor’s appointment to get distressing GYN symptoms treated. How long until you can be around people again and reschedule without worrying about passing the virus to others?
The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on when people with the coronavirus can safely leave isolation. The answer depends on which of several categories they fall into.
A positive (or suspected) diagnosis, with symptoms. If you’ve become ill with one or more symptoms of COVID-19, and a test has confirmed you have the virus or you suspect it based on exposure to an infected person, the CDC says you can resume being around others when all the following milestones apply:
- At least 10 days have passed since you first noticed your symptoms.
- You have gone 24 hours with no fever and without needing to take medication for fever.
- Your symptoms have at least started to improve. Some symptoms, including the inability to taste or smell things, may linger for weeks or more; this does not mean you must remain in isolation.
If your symptoms are severe, however, or you have a compromised immune system, follow the guidelines below for “A positive or suspected diagnosis, with severe symptoms or a highly compromised immune system.”
A positive test, with no symptoms. You may be asymptomatic — meaning you are not showing signs of being ill — yet test positive for the COVID-19 virus. In this case, wait at least 10 days before leaving isolation.
If you develop symptoms before 10 days are up, follow the same rules for confirmed or suspected diagnosis with symptoms: at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms, 24 hours without a fever and at least some improvement in symptoms.
A positive or suspected diagnosis, with severe symptoms or a highly compromised immune system. If you are extremely ill with the coronavirus, you will need longer than 10 days, perhaps up to 20, until you can no longer pass it to others. The CDC recommends talking to your healthcare provider, who may advise being tested and will let you know when it’s safe to be around others based on the results. It’s possible your doctor will consult with an infectious disease expert as well.
Seeing Your Doctor for a GYN Condition
Follow these same CDC guidelines to visit the doctor for GYN care after recovering from symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19.
If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 but have been delaying getting treatment for a GYN condition during the pandemic, call to schedule an appointment with a CIGC specialist today. Staff at The Center for Innovative GYN Care follow strict COVID-19 precautions and health assessments for the safety of all our patients.
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