How to avoid COVID-19 according to recovered sufferers

“Ask about a million times if they’ve been in contact with a sick person, no matter what kind of sick.”

We can social distance, self-isolate, wear masks when venturing out, and rely on more online shopping, but the risk of catching COVID-19 is still high in Australia.

Direct from their mouths, a heap of COVID sufferers have taken to reddit to share what they would’ve done differently before catching the highly contagious disease, in a bid to help others from catching it in the future.

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Being more cautious at work

For many of those who have lived through the horrid symptoms of COVID-19, a heap have revealed they would change things up at work if they could turn back the clock.

“I got it working with children so I only work in person with one client now and if my client or anyone in the home is even remotely sick, I leave. The client I think I caught it from was very sick with a terrible cough, but I ignored my instincts and continued working. I’ve learned my lesson and do most of my work remotely now,” one reddit user shared.

“Going out, I kept going to work,” another shared about what she would do differently. “Took all the precautions and got it anyway. So I’m going nowhere for the next 3 or 4 months.”

Another shared she would’ve avoided getting too close to colleagues or anyone around her.

“Not get too close to people and ask about a million times if they’ve been close or in contact with a sick person, no matter what kind of sick,” she added.

Colleagues in the office practicing alternative greeting for safety and protection during COVID-19

People claim they will be more cautious at work. Image: iStock

Speaking up in public

Many recovered patients have shared they would also not hesitate to tell someone to stay away if they had their time again.

“Speak up/have a backbone when it comes to telling those I live with to actually follow the distancing/protective orders. I followed all the rules, someone else in my house didn’t. I figured that we’re all adults, I’m not responsible for others, and really didn’t want the confrontation,” one patient shared.

“I’m having the same problem with my older family members who just don’t really get it. They wear a mask and whatever but they don’t really clean, don’t wash their hands when they get home from being out in public and they just don’t take the actions they really should be doing to ensure they aren’t getting everyone in the house sick,” another added.

Another woman is in the same position with her boyfriend’s family.

“I am immunocompromised with a history of severe adverse reactions to respiratory illness. I laid out clear boundaries at the beginning of the pandemic that they repeatedly pushed/bulldozed. Over Father’s Day weekend they pressed us into visiting to go out to eat. We ate outdoors. Well, his brother and his girlfriend (a nurse) tested positive for COVID-19 today. I’m getting tested tomorrow and working from home,” she added.

Stay covered up

We’re told to wash our hands, use hand sanitiser, and not touch our faces, but as lockdown restrictions began to ease, so did our religious routine. For many, ensuring they were well protected would be the top thing they’d do differently.

“I’m a nurse and I got sick because we didn’t have enough PPE (face mask, gloves, etc.) at work. So the thing I’d do differently is wear PPE, which luckily we have more of now although still not enough,” one commented.

“My assumption would be not touching my face as much. By the time I got it, I was wearing a mask, and washing my hands every time I went out (which wasn’t often.) But I still touched my face too much, which, I assume, is how I ended up getting it,” another added.

Another shared: “I guess making more care at washing my hands before eating and wearing a mask every second I’m outside of my house.”

Woman hands using wash hand sanitizer gel dispenser, against Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or Wuhan coronavirus at public train station. Antiseptic, Hygiene and Healthcare concept

More sanitiser please. Image: iStock 

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Every day changes at home

On top of protecting their faces, other COVID sufferers have shared they would’ve made some dramatic lifestyle changes.

“I got it in early March from a university colleague. There’s no way I could have avoided it. To this day, I wear masks and avoid large gatherings,” one shared.

Another shared she would’ve quit smoking.

“I had been smoking cigarettes regularly every day. Once I got sick, I noticed there were sharp pains in my chest and it was difficult just to breathe. My husband was sick as well and he recovered significantly faster since he didn’t smoke.”

“Order groceries to your home, if possible,” another added as her simple tip.

And another said she would avoid social gatherings.

“I’d have avoided my friends birthday party. It was back in early March before anyone in my country was taking it seriously. Now I hardly leave the house and when I do I wear a mask.”

So there you have it. From people who have experienced COVID-19, the advice we all need to hear and be reminded of daily.

The most common answers:

  • Keep up the hygiene / wear a mask
  • Avoid social gatherings
  • Order online
  • Tell people to social distance when they’re not
  • Work from home as much as possible

Remember, if you’re feeling unwell or displaying symptoms, please speak to your local health practitioner or head straight to a COVID testing clinic.


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