So much advice on how to prevent COVID-19, but what to do if you actually get it?

Finally, a social media user shared some brilliant pieces of advice from a Nurse for what happens if you actually get the virus.

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There are many articles when it comes to the prevention of the coronavirus, but contrasting fewer information regarding what to do if you have contracted the virus.

Finally, a social media user shared some brilliant pieces of advice from a Nurse for what happens if you actually get the virus.

SUGGESTIONS 

  • “Kleenex – Paracetamol – whatever your generic, mucus thinning cough medicine of choice is (check the label and make sure you are not doubling up on Paracetamol) – Honey and lemon can work just as well. Vick vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.
  • If you do not have a humidifier, that would be a good thing to buy and use in your room when you go to bed overnight. (You can also turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam).
  • If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have is not expired and refill it/get a new one if necessary.
  • Make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.
  • Stock up on whatever your favorite clear fluids are to drink – though plain water is also fine.

SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT:

  • If you have a fever over 38°c, take Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen.
  • Hydrate (drink water)
  • Rest- You should not be leaving your house! Even if you are feeling better, you may still be infectious for fourteen days, and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided.
  • Ask friends and family to leave supplies outside to avoid contact. You may not NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL unless you are having trouble breathing, or your fever is very high (over 39°C) and unmanaged with medicines. Ninety percent of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with necessary rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds.

EXISTING MEDICAL ISSUES

If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressant, now is a great time to talk to your doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.

CHILD MANAGEMENT

It has been found that kids usually get better in a few days if exposed to the virus (but they will still be infectious), use pediatric dosing, and call the emergency numbers.”

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