If you have the coronavirus, here's how to take care of yourself at home.

If you have the coronavirus, here's how to take care of yourself at home.

Within a few weeks, most individuals with coronavirus (COVID-19) feel well. While you recuperate, you may be able to care for yourself at home.

A high fever, a new, persistent cough, and a loss or alteration in your sense of smell or taste are the primary signs of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following are the major symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

  • A high temperature — when you touch your chest or back, it feels hot 
  • A new, persistent cough – this implies coughing for more than an hour or having three or more coughing episodes in a 24-hour period (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or alteration in your sense of smell or taste - you've observed that you can't smell or taste anything, or that things smell or taste strangely.

While you're at home, there are several things you may take to manage moderate coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (self-isolating).

If you have a high body temperature, you should:

get plenty of sleep

To prevent dehydration, consume lots of fluids (water is ideal) – Drink enough water to make your urine light yellow and clear.

If you're feeling uneasy, try some paracetamol or ibuprofen.

 

If you have a cough, do the following:

Instead of sleeping on your back, try laying on your side or sitting up straight.

Try a teaspoon of honey or add to a drink

If you're out of breath, do the following:

Reduce the temperature in your room by turning down the heat or opening a window – Avoid using a fan since it may transmit the infection.

Relax your shoulders when sitting straight on a chair.

Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, gently blowing out a candle with your lips together.Slightly leaning forward - support yourself by placing your hands on your knees or on a sturdy object such as a chair.

if your condition deteriorates , get help and contact your emergency services

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Susan Craig is a healthcare professional with over 15years in service. My interest areas is centred around neuroscience intensive and Palliative care