Tips to Manage COVID-19 at Home

BY SECOND CONSULT Published on May 14, 2021
“Prevention is better than cure” This phrase has never been more relevant than it is in the present pandemic situation. In India, the second wave of COVID-19 infections has become a public health emergency, and we have entered into a situation where individuals are battling to discover a bed in hospitals. Overseeing COVID-19 symptoms right from the start and managing the mild symptoms at home is vital to reduce the burden on an already stretched system.
 
Here are a few tips to help manage the virus at home. It is very helpful to have a Pulse Oximeter handy during this time, as it can help you monitor your oxygen level without having to travel to the clinic for an examination. If you have COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough, breathing difficulty, headache, body ache, loss of smell or taste consult with a doctor preferably online and on the doctor’s advice get tested. If you are tested positive and have only mild symptoms then opt for home isolation taking utmost care.
Check oxygen level 3-4 times a day.
- If Oxygen level is 92% or more we don’t need to go to the hospital. We can bring it to control by taking fever medicines like paracetamol or Acetaminophen and by following the below:
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Lie on your stomach as tolerated to improve lung oxygenation.
  • Can inhale Budesonide (steroid) - 2 puffs daily until symptoms improve.
- If oxygen level is less than 92% consult with a doctor and seek immediate medical attention and hospital care and follow the below under medical supervision:
  • Lie on your Stomach.
  • Use oxygen.
  • Monitor oxygen level 4-6 times a day.
  • Dexamethasone can be taken orally or by IV once daily for 5-10 days.
- Wear a mask and have your family wear a mask to protect everyone.
- Wash & sanitise your hands frequently.
- Stay isolated and take ample rest.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Keep the room ventilated.
- Take fever medicines like paracetamol or Acetaminophen as needed.
DO NOT Panic.
Under Physician supervision, the following medicines may shorten the duration of symptoms but
does not reduce the risk of death from COVID-19.
  • Remdesivir - Can be given early in patients with low blood oxygen level.
  • Tocilizumab - Should ONLY be given on doctor’s prescription for severely ill admitted to the hospital on steroids.
  • Although NOT routinely advised, the below medicines are available as treatment.
    • Ivermectin
    • Hydroxychloroquine
    • Convalescent Plasma
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Zinc
    • Baricitinib
    • Itolizumab
    • Bevacizumab
    • Lopinavir-Ritonavir
    • Favipiravir
    • Fluvoxamine
    • Interferon alpha-2b
    • Azithromycin
    • Doxycycline
    • Or other antibiotics
These tips are based on widely accepted international guidelines.
 
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