What to Say to Someone Who Has COVID-19
While information about what to do if you think you have COVID-19 is readily available, there seems to be a lack of resources about what to say when someone you know has it. It is important to remember that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is going through an overwhelming experience and needs support. While it may be scary to hear that a loved one is sick, there are some important things you can say and do to show your support for them.
- Ask Them How They Are Doing
It’s easy to think about yourself when someone you know tests positive for COVID-19. You may be wondering if you are possibly at risk and what their diagnosis means for your health. While it’s important to be compassionate towards your feelings and know that it is okay to be worried about your health, be sure to first ask your loved one how they are doing and if they are okay.
- Let Them Know You Are There for Them
While your loved one may be overwhelmed, simply let them know you are there for them if they want to chat. Ask them if they want to talk about it. This gives them the ability to choose if they are ready to share with you or not.
- Run Errands for Them
Take initiative and offer to run errands for them instead of waiting for them to ask you. Since they will likely be isolating, it will be helpful for you to pick up groceries or medications for them.
- Be Empathetic
Don’t judge this person for testing positive for COVID-19. Remember that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and your compassion can make all the difference to your loved one. Be empathetic and reassure this person that you’ll get through this together.
- Check In Frequently
Your loved one might be isolating alone. Check in frequently to see how they are doing. FaceTime them or give them a daily call or text. Drop off some food, recommend them a few podcasts, or mail them a “Get Well Soon” card.
- Think Critically About Media Before Sharing It
Before sending your friend the latest COVID-19 article that appeared on your News Feed, pause to think about whether or not this information will be helpful to them. Although you may have good intentions, COVID-related media may cause more harm than good to your loved one who is likely already being bombarded with information. Instead, try sharing media that might make them laugh, recommend a book, or send them a funny picture to distract them.