COVID-19: Expert Guide To Treat Coronavirus at Home
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by latest coronavirus.
In most COVID-19 infected individuals, respiratory disease is mild to moderate and recovers without special therapy. More likely are older people and people with existing medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer to experience severe disease.
It is best to know the COVID-19 virus, its causes and how it spreads, and how it is prevented and slowed down transmission. Protect yourself and others from contamination by washing your hands or by constantly using alcoholic rubber and not touching your skin.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through outlets of saliva or nasal discharge when an infected individual coughs or sneezes, so breathing etiquette is also important (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
The majority of people with coronavirus suffer from a moderate or asymptomatic disease that can be treated at home. So, what can you do to feel better if you are feeling the telltale symptoms of the virus?
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, include:
- Fever (a temperature above 37.8°C or skin which feels hot to touch).
- A new, continuous cough.
- A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
- Sore throat.
- Aches and pains.
You should self-isolate immediately when you feel fever, lose your sense of smell or taste or develop a new continuous cough. Many with mild disease may not need medical care, but you can book online for a test. Using the online tool Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046, Toll-Free: 1075, Helpline Email ID: [email protected] to monitor your symptoms and see what you can do.
- You cannot cope with your symptoms at home.
- Your condition gets worse.
- You still have a fever, are feeling generally unwell or have other symptoms after a week.
- You are unable to do everyday tasks such as looking at your phone, reading or getting out of bed.
When in an emergency, call 1075 or the relevant emergency number for your region. When describing your emergency, make sure to tell the handler that you have COVID-19.
Look after yourself at home
As with other viruses such as colds and grippe, it is important to recover easily and take care of yourself. You have to:
- Get plenty of water to drink. Drink plenty of water to make your pee pale and clear.
- Avoid alcohol, which will dehydrate you further. It has also been shown that people with COVID-19 infection are vulnerable to liver damage, which can be exacerbated by alcohol consumption.
- Get plenty of rest. If you have any signs of coronavirus, you should isolate yourself at home and avoid any severe activities while you do not feel well.
- Treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications.
Make sure you take care of:
- Keep your hands clean and away from your face. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in close contact or in the same room as the sick person. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a face mask. If you need to be in the same room with the person who is ill and he or she isn’t able to wear a face mask, wear a face mask. Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from the ill person. Don’t touch or handle your mask while you are using it. If your mask gets wet or dirty, replace it with a clean, dry mask. Throw away the used mask and wash your hands.
- Clean your home frequently. Every day, use household cleaning sprays or wipes to clean surfaces that are often touched, including counters, tabletops and doorknobs. Avoid cleaning the sick person’s separate room and bathroom. Set aside bedding and utensils for the sick person only to use.
- Be careful with laundry. Don’t shake dirty laundry. Use regular detergent to wash the sick person’s laundry. Use the warmest setting you can. Wash your hands after putting clothes in the dryer. Thoroughly dry clothes. If you are handling clothing that has been soiled by the sick person, wear disposable gloves and keep the items away from your body. Wash your hands after removing the gloves. Place dirty gloves and masks in a waste bin with a lid in the sick person’s room. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers and wash your hands afterwards.
- Be careful with dishes. Wear gloves when handling dishes, cups or utensils used by the sick person. Wash the items with soap and hot water or in the dishwasher. Clean your hands after taking off the gloves or handling used items.
- Avoid direct contact with the sick person’s bodily fluids. Wear disposable gloves and a face mask when providing oral and respiratory care and when handling stool, urine or other waste. Wash your hands before and after removing your gloves and mask. Don’t reuse your mask or gloves.
- Avoid having unnecessary visitors in your home. Don’t allow visitors until the sick person has completely recovered and has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
OR Follow WHO Guide:
After exposure to someone who has COVID-19, do the following:
- Call your health care provider or COVID-19 hotline to find out where and when to get a test.
- Cooperate with contact-tracing procedures to stop the spread of the virus.
- If testing is not available, stay home and away from others for 14 days.
- While you are in quarantine, do not go to work, to school or to public places. Ask someone to bring you supplies.
- Keep at least a 1-metre distance from others, even from your family members.
- Wear a medical mask to protect others, including if/when you need to seek medical care.
- Clean your hands frequently.
- Stay in a separate room from other family members, and if not possible, wear a medical mask.
- Keep the room well-ventilated.
- If you share a room, place beds at least 1 metre apart.
- Monitor yourself for any symptoms for 14 days.
- Call your health care provider immediately if you have any of these danger signs: difficulty breathing, loss of speech or mobility, confusion or chest pain.
- Stay positive by keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or online, and by exercising at home.
COVID-19: Expert Guide To Treat Coronavirus at Home