If you’re not feeling well, you might want to keep your illness a secret from others. The most direct way to accomplish this is to conceal any obvious symptoms you may be experiencing and to present yourself as healthy as possible. However, don’t hide any illnesses during the COVID-19 outbreak—critical it’s to stay at home and seek medical attention if you’re feeling ill during the pandemic. This allows you to seek medical attention as soon as possible and prevent the illness from spreading.
Method 1 Hiding Your Symptoms
1. Take steps behind closed doors to look after yourself while you’re recovering. Get as much rest as you can and stay hydrated. Avoid overworking yourself or eating anything that will make you sick. Just make sure your family members don’t notice you doing things you wouldn’t normally do to help yourself.
Taking care of yourself is the most effective way to recover as quickly as possible. In the long run, this will make it easier for you to conceal your illness.
For example, if you need more rest, don’t make it obvious. Don’t tell everyone you’re going to bed early, and don’t mention napping if you don’t normally.
If eating makes you sick, eat less but don’t expressly say you’re not hungry or anything about not eating. No one will most likely inquire about your eating habits.
Don’t force yourself to be more active than necessary in order to avoid suspicion. You may be tempted to fight it, but doing so will make you sicker and will almost certainly lead to people discovering you’re sick.
2. Use cold medicine to keep from coughing or sneezing. These are usually the most visible signs of illness, so take over-the-counter medications in private to avoid doing them in public. To be safe, strictly adhere to the medication’s dosage instructions. If you are too young to purchase cold medicine or simply cannot tolerate it, try one of these natural alternatives:
To relieve a sore throat, gargle salt water (in private, of course).
To soothe your throat and prevent coughing, drink honey tea.
Consume chicken soup to reenergize and soothe your throat.
3. Reduce the number of symptoms you can’t completely hide from others. If hiding a symptom, such as a cough, is impossible in your workplace or school, concentrate on making it less bothersome or obvious. To alleviate your symptoms in the short term, relocate to a less visible location.
For example, if you’re sniffling because of a runny nose, go to a nearby restroom and blow your nose to stop yourself from sniffling for a few moments.
If you think you’re going to puke, get to the bathroom as soon as possible. Vomiting on the floor, for example, will give you away and be awkward.
4. If your voice is raspy, try to speak as little as possible. Don’t start conversations on your own and try to respond to others with short phrases. Your voice may be working in the short term, but if you’ve had issues with it in the past, it may begin to glitch as you talk more.
You should avoid starting any fights in particular. Yelling is a quick way to completely destroy your voice, so avoid discussing anything that might irritate someone and lead to an argument.
Coughing once can take your voice away, but coughing again will restore it to normal. You will often know if your voice will work or not based on how your throat feels, so if you must speak, try clearing your throat or coughing before speaking.
5. If your symptoms are so severe that you can’t hide them, see a doctor. More severe symptoms, such as a fever above 102 °F (39 °C), difficulty breathing, or chest pains, may indicate a serious illness. If this is the case, inform a parent (if you are a child) or call your doctor, even if it means informing others that you are ill.
Only try to hide your illness if you truly need to and believe it is possible. If your reasons don’t involve the need to do something, consider them carefully, because letting people know you’re sick isn’t always as bad as you think it will be.
Don’t try to hide any illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay at home, practise good hygiene, and consult a doctor to determine whether you require a test or medical treatment.
Method 2 Looking Healthy
1. Apply moisturiser to your face to give it a healthy, dewy appearance. To keep your skin from looking dry or flaky, apply a small amount of moisturiser to your face. Choose a moisturiser that is specially formulated for sensitive skin and is high in healthy nutrients for the best results.
To add even more nourishment to your skin, mix a few drops of replenishing oil into your moisturiser.
2. To give your skin a healthy glow, apply a vitamin-rich face mask. Choose an exfoliating face mask that also contains antioxidants for the best results. This is ideal if you have a dull or pallid complexion due to illness.
Your best bet is to use a face mask that says on the front label, “infused with vitamins” or “with advanced antioxidants.”
3. Curl your eyelashes to make them appear less tired. Eyelashes that are fanning out make your eyes appear larger and brighter. This is especially useful if you can’t help but appear tired as a result of your illness.
If your lashes are short, you can use mascara on the lower lashes to make your eyes appear larger.
4. Apply a cold compress to your face in the morning to make it appear less puffy. If you wake up with a puffy face, first splash some cool water on it. Then, sit for 15-30 minutes with a cold compress on your face before continuing with the rest of your morning routine.
Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will also help to reduce puffiness in your face.
Method 3 Preventing Others from Getting Sick
1. If at all possible, avoid going to school or work. People stay at home when they’re sick for a reason; you might be able to brave the world when you’re sick, but you might not. If you’re hiding your illness for other reasons, consider whether those reasons are worth being miserable all day while you’re away from home. The following are some key indicators that you should probably stay at home:
Fever, particularly over 103 °F (39 °C).
Throwing up, particularly within the last 24 hours.
A terrible and frequent cough that would disrupt everyone and would prevent you from doing what you do normally.
Having a job that requires physical labor, or having PE at school that involves heavier exercise.
Any illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. To keep your family members healthy, practise good hygiene. If your family members are unaware that you are ill, they will not take any extra precautions, and as a result, you must. Furthermore, your family members may become enraged if they discover they became ill as a result of you while you were concealing your illness.
For example, even if a family member claims they don’t mind sharing a cup, don’t let them drink from yours to avoid raising suspicion or because it doesn’t really matter.
Hands should be washed frequently. Wash your hands before touching anything that anyone else in the house might touch. Wash them before eating, and so on. If you are concerned that your family will notice, wash them in a bathroom sink or somewhere where they will not hear.
Don’t do any chores or work that could expose your family members to your germs. If it’s your responsibility, for example, to cook a meal or set the table, make a non-sickness-related excuse to avoid doing so. Your family may be irritated, but they understand you’re doing it for them.
3. Keep as much to yourself as possible without drawing attention to yourself. This may sound sad, but the truth is that the more time you spend with people or in public areas of your home, the more likely it is that others will notice you are ill. It’s usually a good idea to spend as much time as possible in your room alone until you feel better.
This is also beneficial to your health, as hours of quiet reading are more relaxing than hours of gaming in a crowded living room.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to sit alone or ignore your friends; simply don’t go out of your way to start conversations. If you have the option of working alone or in a group, work alone whenever possible.
4. If you have a fever, avoid touching or allowing others to touch you. Don’t go overboard; most people won’t notice the temperature of your skin from a quick high-five or hug. However, avoid allowing others to touch your exposed skin, particularly your face. Even someone holding your hand may notice a rise in your body temperature.
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