should I drive after testing positive for cornavirus?

Should I Drive After Testing Positive For COVID-19?

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis, not just for the people’s health and the country’s economy, but it is also creating unique legal and social concerns. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 but are feeling fine or have substantially recovered from the symptoms, you may wonder whether you can move on with your life and if you can drive your car.


Do not Violate a Local Lockdown or a Quarantine


The first thing you should know is that even if you may have no apparent symptoms of the Covid-19 illness, you could still spread the infection to others if you are a carrier of novel coronavirus.


If your area in Alabama is under a local lockdown or shelter-in-place orders are in force, you should refrain from driving or going out of your home in any case unless it is necessary. Following your Covid-19 positive test report, if your healthcare provider has advised you to self-quarantine for a certain period, you must follow their professional advice with commitment.


During the quarantine period, it is not prudent to drive or step out of your home unless there is an emergency. When your car windows are rolled up, you may not expose other people to the virus, but for any reason if you roll down your windows, talk to someone, touch any surfaces with hands or body, or step out of your vehicle, you could be putting other people at risk.


You May Drive Only to Obtain Medical Care


For your own as well as other people’s safety, you should diligently follow the CDC guidelines if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you suspect that you may be infected with the virus. The CDC has provided clear steps to help prevent the spread of the virus if you are Covid-19 positive.


According to the CDC, most people who test positive for Covid-19 will have only mild symptoms and will be able to recover at home without the need for medical care. If you are one of them, the CDC recommends that you stay at home and get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. You should not leave the home, and not visit public areas for any reason – except to obtain medical care.


As a Covid-19 positive patient at home, if you find that you are having difficulty in breathing or are experiencing any other warning signs of medical emergency, or if you believe it is a medical emergency, you can drive your car to visit your doctor or healthcare center. However, the CDC recommends that you must call your ahead of your visit to receive medical care.


If you only have a routine medical appointment that can be postponed, you should postpone it, or request for telehealth consultation with your doctor. If your medical appointment is unavoidable and urgent, you should call and inform your doctor that you have Covid-19 (or you suspect that you have it). This will give them the time to protect themselves and other patients.


The CDC guidelines say that you should avoid using public transport, taxis or ride-sharing vehicles when you want to visit your doctor or medical center in this condition. If you have been taking any cough syrup or another medication that can cause drowsiness, you should avoid driving for several hours until the effect of the last dosage has completely cleared up.


When to Resume Driving after Covid-19 Sickness?


According to the CDC guidelines, if you tested Covid-19 positive and have remained in self-isolation at home, you can stop isolation and drive your car under the following conditions:


If you are not getting a test to determine if you are free of the virus


You can leave home and drive your car after all of the following things have occurred:


  1. You did not have fever even once for at least 72 hours consecutively (i.e., complete three days without any fever and without using any fever-reducing medication)
  2. Your other symptoms have also improved (such as, your shortness of breath or coughing has improved)
  3. At least seven days have passed since your Covid-19 symptoms first showed up.


If you will be taking a Covid-19 test to determine if you are still contagious


You can leave your home and drive your car after all of the following things have occurred:


  1. You do not have any fever (without using any fever-reducing medication)
  2. Your other symptoms have also improved (such as, your shortness of breath or coughing has improved)
  3. Your two Covid-19 tests in a row (taken 24 hours apart) have shown a negative result.


Consult with an Experienced Attorney in Alabama


Rules and regulations related to Covid-19 have yet to pass the scrutiny of courts in Alabama. However, it is best to be on the right side of the law and consult with the knowledgeable Birmingham attorneys at Zach Peagler law firm. We have the experience and skills to provide you the appropriate advice and protect your rights under all circumstances. Call us at (205) 871-9990 for a free consultation.

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