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Choose Your Own COVID-19 Adventure

This article is formatted similarly to the choose your own adventure books in which you will determine the outcome of your journey to the nurse after developing COVID-19 symptoms in school. After reading a couple sentences, you’ll be faced with two options. Once you pick an option, either skip to the section listed or continue reading below until you get to END.

Kennedy Holsapple

You’re sitting in Spanish and you aren’t feeling well. You think you might have some symptoms of COVID-19. You tell your teacher, and they call down to the nurse. You walk to the office, and one of the school nurses, Ms. Lovering or Ms. Sollima, is standing outside her office greeting you with a thermometer
and a clipboard. The thermometer is pointed at your forehead as she reads…

SECTION 1: temperature & symptoms

Step 1.
Option A: 102.3. Skip to SECTION 3.

Option B: Your temperature is normal. 98.1. But she still asks about symptoms. First, she checks the primary symptoms: chills, uncontrolled cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell.

Step 2.
Option A: You have one or more primary symptoms. Skip to SECTION 3

Option B: You have no primary symptoms. She asks if you have any secondary symptoms: body aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, congestion, and runny nose.

Step 3.
Option A: You have two or more secondary symptoms. Skip to SECTION 3.

Option B: You have one or no secondary symptoms. The nurse asks how you’re feeling. Have you had close contact with anyone that has COVID-19 recently?

Step 4.
Option A: You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Skip to SECTION 2.

Option B. You have not been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
You do not have to quarantine. Depending on what the nurse says, your parents will pick you up or you will go back to class. END

SECTION 2: You are a close contact of someone with COVID-19! As your parents pick you up, the nurse recommends getting a COVID-19 test.

Step 5.
Option A: You get a test. Skip to SECTION 2.5

Option B: You don’t get a test. You didn’t get tested. You have to quarantine for 14 days before you come back to school. END

SECTION 2.5: You get tested. Finally, your results come back.

Step 6.
Option A: You test positive. You’re required to isolate for 10 days before coming back to school. END

Option B: You test negative. You still have to quarantine for 14 days. END

Step 7.
Option A: You’ve been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive. Continue to SECTION 3.5.

Option B: You haven’t been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive. The nurse still recommends you get a COVID-19 test. Your parents come, and you decide whether or not you get a test.

Step 8.
Option A: You get tested.

Option B: You don’t get tested. You have to isolate for 10 days. END Your results are in!

Step 9.
Option A: You test positive. You isolate for 10 days. END

Option B: You test negative. You may return to school once you’ve gone 24 hours without any COVID-19 symptoms. END.

SECTION 3: You have to go to the isolation room. The nurse puts on a face shield, gown, and in some cases, a respirator. You walk into the room and see a big room with a couple chairs pushed up against the wall, each six feet apart. You choose one. The nurse sits in the other chair and your parents are called. Based on your
symptoms, the nurse thinks you may have COVID-19. She inquires about your close contacts. (Note: in some occasions, the symptoms you may have could heavily overlap with other illnesses).

SECTION 3.5: Because you’re a close contact, you’re required to isolate for 10 days no matter if you test positive, negative or didn’t get tested at all. END

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