Most people who get the new corona virus will be lucky enough to survive with a few weeks of discomfort. Some will need serious treatment. Here are the basics to take care of someone suffering from COVID-19.
Call a doctor
If someone in your home is sick, contact their health care provider immediately and follow all advice carefully. If the person's symptoms are mild, their doctor will probably advise them to stay home. If their symptoms are severe, the person may need hospital care.
Few people who are comfortable with their weather in their own room as much as possible and try not to share a bathroom or other common space with them. Limit or prevent visitors, avoid shared contact with household items and keep pets separate from anyone experiencing symptoms.
If they can, people experiencing symptoms should wear some kind of face mask to limit the risk of spread. A person's risk of spreading the virus with air seems to be low, provided that no one spends prolonged time within six feet of them, but it can still help reduce these chances if they cover their mouth and nose with a breathable but dense material, as an oven filter.
Keep things warm and (relatively) moist
If possible, keep the heat on the higher side – the virus may be less likely to spread in warmer areas with higher humidity. Most, but not all, viruses struggle to survive at 65% humidity, but can last longer at lower or higher humidity.
Keep the Fluids Flowing
The CDC recommends keeping patients well hydrated to support their natural defenses.
Cut Out Smoking and Open Fires
This is a respiratory disease, so any activity that damages the lungs can contribute to potentially dangerous results.
Several health authorities initially recommended avoiding using ibuprofen for coronavirus symptoms, but the details of this problem are not yet clear. Tylenol (acetaminophen) should be safe for those who can take it, up to 3,000 mg / day.
Bed support and herbal remedies
There is no official treatment yet for COVID-19, so the main focus of care is to keep the airways clear and support the body's regular healing process. Anyone who feels sick should stay in bed whenever possible, drink plenty of fluid and deal with their symptoms as they would with a cold or flu.
Sleeping on sides or stomach
Being in a position all night is usually uncomfortable, but try to rotate between them instead of to put on your back. Some research suggests that these positions may be better for the lungs, and postural drainage to manage fluid buildup is medical practice.
Watch for Worsening Symptoms
If things take a turn for the worse, it can be critical to seek professional care. Pay attention to cough, fever and shortness of breath and seek immediate medical attention if you see emergency signs as breathing difficulties, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake, or bluish lips and face.